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There is a nationwide trend toward militarizing police forces, and Cambridge shouldn’t be part of it. City councillors such as Nadeem Mazen and Craig Kelley are right to push back.
The Boston Marathon bombing was invoked last month by Cambridge police to get nearly a half-million dollars for a full-time bomb squad, but not at the urging of Boston Police.
Just hours after a false bomb threat forced the evacuation of Harvard buildings and locked down two public schools, the City Council shifted nearly a half-million dollars to create a full-time city bomb squad.
There were campus emergencies on both sides of the Charles River on Monday, with Harvard evacuating students from four halls a little after 9 a.m. for bomb threats and UMass Boston hearing reports of a person wielding a gun.
A three-day fundraiser last month resulted in $6,200 for the Somerville Auxiliary Police Department Sean Collier Memorial Scholarship Fund, but the brother of the slain MIT police officer is aiming for more: a national holiday for first responders.
A Waltham company’s promise to back off on shipping ethanol by train through Cambridge, Somerville and surrounding communities will be tested by Gov. Deval Patrick’s Friday veto of a bill that would have made the shipments impossible.
The Louder than a Bomb youth poetry slam festival arrives in late May with funding needs – and a newly poignant name.
With emotions over the Boston Marathon bombing suspects still roiling – another Cantabrigian was arrested Wednesday, charged with lying to investigators – the head of the city’s Peace Commission is calling for a moment of peace.
As Cambridge continues to collect itself after the stress of an officer’s slaying, a carjacking, hunt for bombing suspects, citywide lockdown and revelation of terrorist leanings among classmates and neighbors, there are both official commendations for how well the city and responded and plans for a next time.
Vice President Joe Biden, state and federal officials and between 5,000 and 7,000 law enforcement personnel from around the country are expected to be among some 10,000 people at Wednesday’s memorial service for MIT campus police officer Sean Collier, 26, who was shot to death Thursday.