City councillor Nadeem Mazen is scheduled to play a prominent role in a Thursday press conference against a controversial government antiterrorism effort called Countering Violent Extremism.
In a series of appropriations votes, it was the $164 million schools budget embedded in a general fund budget item that drew the most comment and weakest approval, with only six of nine councillors voting in favor.
A man with a gun was taken in by law enforcement including Cambridge police, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, Worcester Tactical Diversion Squad and the Boston office of the Department of Homeland Security Investigations.
True, the ACLU did not single out Cambridge in a report on police militarization in the Commonwealth. This does not mean Cambridge has no cause for concern.
Along with Bruce Springsteen, inventor Dean Kamen and others, social worker Jackie Garrick will be honored at a first-ever awards ceremony in January.
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.