Documents and video surveillance tapes obtained by the ACLU of Massachusetts and the National Lawyers Guild, Massachusetts Chapter—after suing for access on behalf of five peace groups, four activists and Political Research Associates—show that officers assigned to the Boston Regional Intelligence Center at the Boston Police Department are collecting and keeping information about constitutionally protected speech and political activity. The documents provide the public with its first glimpse into the political surveillance practices of the Boston Police Department.

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Policing Dissent

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public records released by the Boston Police Department

The following are public records released by the Boston Police Department in response to three public records requests and a subsequent lawsuit to compel the department’s response. The first request asked for information about policies and procedures for sharing information with the federal government. Second, we asked for information on individual activists who had been interrogated by BRIC agents. Third, we asked for any information the Boston Police had on a number of local peace groups.

Boston Police Department "intelligence reports" and "incident reports"

"Intelligence reports" on First Amendment activity

These reports, created by officers stationed at the Boston Regional Intelligence Center (BRIC), show the extent of police monitoring of peace groups engaged in purely lawful activities.

  • 4/13/2010  |  Homeland security - domestic  |  Groups: Stop the Wars Coalition; United for Justice with Peace
  • 3/18/2010  |  Homeland security - domestic  |  Groups: United for Justice with Peace; Code Pink
  • 5/18/2009  |  Groups - Civil Disturbance  |  Group: Code Pink
  • 1/8/2009  |  Groups - Extremists  |  Group: Stop the Wars Coalition
  • 10/1/2008  |  Homeland security - Domestic  |  Groups: Stop the Wars Coalition; United for Justice with Peace
  • 6/10/2008  |  Groups - Extremists  |  Groups: Code Pink; Stop the Wars Coalition
  • 3/26/2008  |  Groups - Extremists  |  Groups: Stop the Wars Coalition; United for Justice with Peace
  • 3/20/2008  |  Groups - Extremists  |  Groups: Stop the Wars Coalition; United for Justice with Peace
  • 3/11/2008  |  Groups - Extremists  |  Group: United for Justice with Peace
  • 1/3/2008  |  Homeland security - Domestic  |  Group: United for Justice with Peace
  • 4/2/2007  |  Homeland security - Domestic  |  Group: Code Pink
  • 3/28/2007  |   Groups - Extremists  |  Groups: Stop the Wars Coalition; United for Justice with Peace
  • 3/27/2007  |  Groups - Civil Disturbance  |  Groups: Stop the Wars Coalition; United for Justice with Peace

Incident reports

Reports documenting times when Boston Police are called to the scene of an event. Some document arrests at Occupy Boston in 2011.

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