Michael Cox was sworn in as the 44th commissioner of the Boston Police on Monday. Cox's rise to become the top cop of Boston is an incredible story considering that in 1995, while working as a Boston Police officer, he was mistaken for a suspect, and beaten by his fellow colleagues. Cox was in plainclothes following a suspect in January of 1995, and his fellow officers grabbed him, and beat him -- and left him for dead after they saw Cox was carrying a police badge. Cox, who is Black, went on to fight the blue code of silence. The silence that swallows up police officers from -- in this case -- turning themselves in, or telling the truth about what happened to Cox.
Boston Police recovered 455 grams of cocaine and $260,000 in an investigation that led to a 33-year-old man being arrested. Boston Police District E-13 Drug Control unit officers arrested Osvaldo Medina, 33, of Jamaica Plain, on Jan. 14, on charges of Trafficking Class B Drugs (+200 Grams), Distribution of Class A and B Drugs (2nd and Subsequent) and Possession with Intent to Distribute Class D Drugs, according to BPDnews.com. The arrest was the result of a lengthy drug investigation in the area of 25 Armstrong Street in Jamaica Plain. Police placed Medina into custody after a brief foot pursuit.
The officers of Boston Police District District E-13 delivered Christmas toys and gifts as part of its "Polar Express" to more than 250 families in Jamaica Plain and Roxbury on Dec. 18. The gifts were made possible through generous donations from the BPD officers of E-13, the Police Athletic League, and community partners like Tree of Life, Jamaica Hills Association, and more.
A 20-year-old Jamaica Plain resident has been identified as the victim in a Hyde Park shooting. Boston Police District E-18 responded to a call for shots fired around 10 pm on Nov. 16 in the area of 18 Church St. in Hyde Park. Upon arrival police found Bolivar Soto suffering from a gunshot wound.
The victim of a Creighton Street shooting on Nov. 6 has been identified as a 28-year-old man from Boston. District E-13 Boston Police responded to a radio call for shots fired near 11 Creighton Street around 11 pm on Nov. 6. Officers located three individuals suffering from gunshot wounds, according to BPDnews.com.
A 26-year-old Roxbury man has been arrested in Brockton in the Oct. 21 shooting death of a victim who was found on Parker Street. The Boston Police Fugitive Unit, Brockton Police, and Massachusetts State Police made an onsite warrant arrest of Uhmari Bufford, 26, on Oct. 23, according to BPDnews.com. The warrant out of Roxbury District Court charges Bufford with murder, carrying a loaded firearm without a license, unlawful possession of ammunition, and discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building.
Boston Police are investigating the shooting death of a man who was found on Parker Street in Jamaica Plain. Officers from Boston Police District E-13 responded to a call for shot spotter activation in the area of 950 Parker St. around 6:51 pm on Wednesday. Upon arrival, officers saw a male in his mid-forties suffering from gunshot wounds, according to BPDnews.com. Boston EMS responded to the scene and transported the victim to a local hospital where he died to his injuries.
The Boston Police District E-13 Halloween “Grab and Go” Goodie bags for Trick-or-Treaters is October 30, 4:00-8:00 p.m. Washington & Green Street, Jamaica Plain
For more info, call: 617-343-5623. Please observe Covid-19 safety guidelines and wear a face covering.
The majority of people who've made their way through Franklin Park in the last week or so probably don't know about two haunting things recently discovered in the recreational haven. On Aug. 29, two people who were magnet fishing in Scarboro Pond off a bridge pulled up something heavy -- a firearm. Boston Police met Park Rangers and the two people who fished out the gun, which was loaded and covered in muddy gunk, according to BPDnews.com. Due to the mud, the make and model were not immediately identified, and the firearm was given to the BPD Ballistics Unit for further investigation.
Residents are being asked to provide community feedback during listening sessions of the Boston Police Reform Task Force starting July 22. The gathered input will be used to review the BPD's policies, practices, and to recommend reform measures. Residents are being asked to share their experiences on any of the four topics that are being covered:
The Body Worn Camera Program: Wednesday, July 22, 3-5 pm
Implicit bias training: Thursday, July 23, 3-5 pm
Strengthening Boston's existing police review board, known as the Co-op Board: Wednesday, July 29, 3-5 pm
Reviewing the use of force policies: Thursday, July 30, 3-5 pm
Testimony can also be submitted in any language either written or via the WebEx listening sessions. Written testimony can also be submitted before or after the listening sessions by emailing BPDTaskforce@boston.gov. You can also learn more information on how to participate at boston.gov/ending-racism. The Task Force will submit their initial recommendations by August 14, 2020.