BOSTON (AP) - After coming under fire for withholding the names of five officers caught driving drunk, Boston Police Commissioner William Evans says the public will now know whenever an officer is arrested.
Evans tells The Boston Globe (https://bit.ly/1QL1R5f ) the department’s new policy of transparency applies to future cases only and won’t be retroactive.
Police officials say they are barred from releasing information on old cases under the state’s Criminal Offender Record Information law, which restricts access to the criminal records database.
Evans says brief items on the department’s website have already been posted after an officer was recently charged with attacking an Uber driver.
Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts Carol Rose says the same rules apply for all citizens and “no one is above the law.”
Information from: The Boston Globe, https://www.bostonglobe.com
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