Carol Rose, executive director of the ACLU of Massachusetts, today released the following statement in response to appointment of Michael Cox as incoming Commissioner of the Boston Police Department:

“The ACLU of Massachusetts looks forward to working with newly-appointed Commissioner Michael Cox, Mayor Michelle Wu, and the City Council to create a Boston Police Department that works collaboratively with all of the communities it serves. Improving the culture of this department will not be easy. But Boston now has the opportunity to realize transparency, accountability, and public safety for all people. The ACLU remains committed to our efforts to end longstanding racial disparities in policing, demand meaningful oversight and accountability over the police, and transform Boston’s public safety systems so they center justice, equity, and healing."

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