- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 15, 2014

BOSTON (AP) - Boston’s new police commissioner has promoted six minorities to command positions in the department, a move that drew criticism from some who said he should have sought more input.

Commissioner William Evans on Tuesday promoted to deputy superintendent four black men, a Hispanic woman and an Asian man.

Evans‘ predecessor, Edward Davis, had drawn criticism for not having enough minority officers on his command staff.

Evans said the promotions underscore “our commitment to a police department that represents and reflects the diversity of the neighborhoods that it serves.”

Larry Ellison, president of the Massachusetts Association of Minority law Enforcement Officers, said his group was promised a say in the process, but didn’t get one.

Civic leader the Rev. Bruce Wall said Evans should have sought more community input.

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