Boston Police say a white man in his 30s robbed the Eastern Bank in the middle of the Centre/South district on Monday. Police received a call about the robbery at 4:17 p.m. The robber did not show a firearm, according to Boston Police Officer Jamie Kenneally. The man stood about 5 feet, 9 inches and wore a blue jacket and blue knit hat. The bank branch is at 687 Centre St.
Boston Police confirm that two people were shot Thursday afternoon -- but it's no longer clear if the violence actually took place near Forest Hills Station. Officer Stephen McNulty said the two's injuries aren't considered life threatening. Boston Police initially told the Globe the violence took place at Arborway and Morton just before 5 p.m. Thursday. However, a more detailed account released Friday indicated that the victims and witnesses police spoke to were "not very cooperative," according to McNulty. The victims and witnesses would not say where the shooting took place or what caused it, according to police.
Last Monday and Tuesday night, I visited neighborhoods across Boston, from Hyde Park to Brighton, from Mattapan to East Boston, for “National Night Out” with members of the Boston Police Department and Commissioner William Evans. We spent time with residents of all ages in nearly every neighborhood, playing games, eating food and ice cream, and talking to as many people as possible. It was a great turnout, and I’d like to thank everyone for coming together and participating in this annual summer celebration. Of course, National Night Out is about much more than the fun activities. It is about raising national, and critical, awareness of community policing.
The Boston Police have reached a union agreement with the city for up to 100 volunteer patrol officers to wear body cameras in a six-month pilot program. Mayor Martin Walsh and Boston Police Commissioner William Evans announced the agreement on Tuesday after the Boston Police Patrolmen's Association (BPPA) agreed to the pilot program. Only patrol officers who volunteer to wear body cameras will be participating in the program. The start date of the program is still being determined. The pilot program will be evaluated after the six-month period to determine the next steps on a potential permanent program. "In Boston, we are fortunate to have strong relationships with our communities and I'm confident that body cameras will serve as another tool for the Boston Police Department to continue their work in the neighborhoods," said Walsh.
This week there are several public community meetings discussing a pilot program for Boston Police to wear body cameras. The topic is tense as residents, elected officials and Boston Police are all offering their opinions. [poll id="6"]
A Boston Police pilot program starting in May or June will have 100 police officers wear body cameras. But due to collective bargaining agreements, the individual police will have to volunteer to wear the cameras. Earlier this month Boston Police Commissioner William Evans said that he supports the pilot program, but doesn't think body cameras are needed for police.