Law enforcement

State tracks pot plants with helicopters

State tracks pot plants with helicopters

Recent seizures raise questions about program’s legality

MASSACHUSETTS DECRIMINALIZED MARIJUANA in 2008, legalized medical marijuana in 2012, and is about to vote on legalizing recreational marijuana, but that hasn’t stopped the State Police and the National Guard from launching helicopter-led raids on homeowners growing pot in their backyards. What makes the raids unusual is that they are conducted without warrants and rarely(...)

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Wellesley police chief in spotlight

Wellesley Police Chief Terrence Cunningham, who is serving as president of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, apologized on Monday at the organization’s annual conference for “the role that our profession has played in society’s historical mistreatment of communities of color.” In his speech at the San Diego conference, Cunningham hailed policing as a(...)

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Not very candid camera talk from police union

If the topic weren’t so serious, the situation would be laughable. In the wake of rising national concern over police conduct, in particular in dealings in the black community, law enforcement departments across the country are adopting the use of body-worn cameras by officers as part of drive for greater transparency. Adding the small lapel-mounted(...)

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