A deputy police chief, from the Braintree Police is complaining about the mayor’s choice to hire the next police chief from outside the department. I remember her from years ago when she was an unprofessional lieutenant who didn’t know several laws (one she was breaking and the other she was trying to falsely claim I was breaking).
CriticalMA filed two records appeals with Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin’s office. Our two requests date back nearly a month. The first request is related to a Dartmouth police officer who was arrested and charged with child rape. The second request is related to the tasing of a pastor in Worcester
Due to the ongoing public records access crisis in Massachusetts it has become functionally impossible for CriticalMA to provide the type of public records based coverage we used to. Since requests can easily take a year or more to resolve, and can end unresolved when the state simply fails to enforce the law, it’s impossible to predict if or when publishing a final product will be possible on any given story.
NBC10 paid Facebook to push a story about Michelle Kosilek framed to incite a nasty group bashing of her. Their post received 550+ responses ranging from calls for murder to offers to mutilate Kosilek to save taxpayers from having to pay for the surgery.
Our records show that the same type of overtime abuse that caused the current Mass State Police overtime scandal occurred back in 2007.
Boston College has hired William Evans weeks after his department came under scrutiny for allegedly giving a Boston Public Schools student’s information to ICE. The information was used against the student in a deportation hearing and the student was deported.
News Notes is going to be a less formal posting ground than the major investigative articles that Critical MA produces.
Critical Mass produces investigative reports primarily on issues of transparency and accountability in government in Massachusetts.