A year that transformed policing in Massachusetts

For decades, Black elected officials and community activists sought reforms to Massachusetts police departments they said discriminated against Black and Latino people by engaging in racial profiling, acts of police brutality and violations of public trust. For decades, legislative leaders, mayors and others in positions of power blocked or opposed even incremental reforms.

Protestors block the intersection of Court and Congress streets, Peters Park demonstration. BANNER PHOTO

Protestors block the intersection of Court and Congress streets, Peters Park demonstration. BANNER PHOTO

This year, those familiar dynamics were disrupted as protests broke out across the country following the high-profile police murders of Breonna Taylor in Louisville and George Floyd in Minneapolis. The protest movement, impossible to ignore, bolstered efforts to change the way police are trained, scrutinized and disciplined.

In Boston, District 4 City Councilor Andrea Campbell in January introduced a hearing order to


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