This weekend, Boston’s Occupation movement has put its energy into demanding reforms of the Boston Police Department.
On Saturday, demonstrators from Occupy the Hood, a gathering of people from the predominantly black and Latino neighborhood of Roxbury that began Friday, joined together with Occupy Boston to protest against police brutality as part of the National Day of Protest Against Police Brutality.
New England Cable News has some footage of the protest which you can view below:
The Boston Herald also has some coverage of the protest here.
Prior to the protest, a list of specific demands was posted on OccupyBoston.com:
1. The current CO-OP (Community Ombudsman Oversight Panel) must be given subpoena powers and the ability to initiate its own independent investigations.
2. There should also be a true Civilian review board with the same powers as, but independent of, the CO-OP. The CO-OP is primarily made up of criminal justice/law enforcement professionals and appointed by the Mayor. A true Civilian review board would be compromised of a cross section from all walks of life within the communities most affected.
3. We have begun work with State Officials to examine and propose a State Commission on Police Brutality. This commission would work statewide to study, examine and investigate cases of police brutality and misconduct where cities and towns have found themselves either unwilling or unable to adequately address these issues in a just manner. Local DA’s and Police Departments have shown that they cannot police themselves and some level of accountability must be established.
4. The Boston Police Department needs to reflect the diversity of the city in its command staff and other decision making positions. We recognize it is only in standing together, united in our solidarity and in action, that we will overcome police repression and succeed in creating a better world.
What do you think of these ideas for reforms? Let us know in the comment section or send us an email using our contact page. If you have any media (photos, videos, etc.) from the protest that you’d like to share, please do so.