police power

New Jersey becomes first state to require local approval for law enforcement acquisition of military equipment

Massachusetts should follow suit by passing bills allowing public input on transfers of military equipment to state and local police.

Pending state legislation echoes White House call for independent probes of police killings

Massachusetts bill would require public reporting on police use of weapons, and impartial investigations of all officer-involved deaths.

Can state or municipal governments enforce travel bans during emergencies or sporting events?

State and local authorities have issued travel restrictions twice—in just the past week.

ACLU extends Worcester police documentation initiative

WPD leadership denies serious, ongoing problem with police misconduct and abuse.

REVISED: Judge dismisses criminal complaint against ACLU client who recorded Somerville police encounter

Court had previously charged Wenzday Jane for "interfering with a police officer" after she used her phone to video-record police questioning three teenagers on a playground.