Disarm, Defund, Demilitarize
The point of unity for our collective is prison abolition. It is clear how prisons and police function to drive the prison industrial complex and destroy our neighborhoods. We realize that dismantling the prison industrial complex is a difficult task that takes grassroots organizing led by those most effected.
STOP AND FRISK:
In 2013, after months of community meetings and outreach and driven by our own personal experiences we decided to focus on the issue of Stop and Frisk and how it feeds the prison industrial complex. We decided to work with the ACLU of Massachusetts to release a report they were hoping to form to indict the BPD for racial profiling. We went into schools and community centers and learned stories of police brutality and Stop and Frisk to add a human element to the statistics that supported our experiences.
""Citing Boston police data and a 2014 report by the ACLU of Massachusetts that found blacks were disproportionately stopped by the city's police, the state’s highest court on Tuesday threw out the gun conviction of Jimmy Warren.
Warren was arrested on Dec. 18, 2011, by police who were investigating a break-in in Roxbury. Police had been given a description of the suspects as three black men — one wearing a “red hoodie,” one wearing a “black hoodie” and the other wearing “dark clothing.” An officer later spotted Warren and another man (both wearing dark clothing) walking near a park. When the officer approached the men, they ran. Warren was later arrested and searched. No contraband was found on him, but police recovered an unlicensed .22 caliber firearm in a nearby yard. Warren was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm and later convicted.
In its ruling, the court made two major findings: The justices said police didn’t have the right to stop Warren in the first place, and the fact that he ran away shouldn’t be used against him."
Boston Coalition for Police Accountability
We formed the the Boston Coalition for Police Accountability with the help of the ACLU of Massachusetts and Black and Pink in 2014 out of a continued need for different community members and organizations to work together in unison to address police brutality in Boston. While many groups in the coalition have different political views, our point of unison is a need to build stronger bonds within our community to keep us safe, and for community oversight and control of police.
The Boston Coalition for Police Accountability provides support for victims of police brutality, and organizes to keep Boston Police accountable, and our communities safe. Along with legal support we offer trainings on police-civilian encounters, how to navigate courts, and filling out police complaint reforms.
The Boston Coalition for Police Accountability is run with all Black leadership. Because the issue of police brutality impacts Black people disproportionately, we understand the need for Black people to have space to figure out how to solve issues that effect us. Any Boston resident/stakeholder can join the coalition as well as any organization. In order to have decision making power, each organization must nominate at least one Black members of their organization to work in the coalition.
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