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Boston Police Reform Task Force

The Boston Police Reform Task Force is an 11-person group chaired by former U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts, Wayne Budd.

The Task Force is composed of community leaders, advocates, members from the legal profession, and members of law enforcement. Multilingual information in Español (Spanish), Kreyòl ayisyen (Haitian Creole), Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese), 中文 (Simplified Chinese), and kriolu (Cabo Verdean Creole) is available below.

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Background

On June 12, Mayor Walsh signed on to the Mayor’s Pledge issued by the Obama Foundation’s My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, which commits to the following actions:

  • Review police use of force policies and procedures
  • Engage communities by including a diverse range of input, experiences and stories
  • Report review findings to the community and seek feedback
  • Reform police use of force policies

As part of this pledge to turn commitments into action, the Mayor convened the Boston Police Reform Task Force. Task Force members are charged with reviewing the Boston Police Department’s current policies and procedures within 60 days, and then presenting recommendations for reform. The main areas of their review include:

Community engagement

Engagement

As part of their review, the Task Force was charged with engaging the community, and listening to a broad range of input, expertise, and experience. The Task Force members are accepting written testimony, and also held four public listening sessions, between July 23 - July 30, to engage residents and seek public input.

Public Listening Sessions

The public listening sessions focused on the areas of the Body-worn Camera Policy, Implicit Bias Training, the Co-Op Board, and the Use of the Force. Recordings of these sessions are available below.

Watch the public listening sessions

Written Testimony

Members of the public can also submit written testimony in any language to the Task Force members for their consideration. Please continue to submit any thoughts, insights, or ideas using the Google Forms below until August 7:

The Task Force hosted a final public listening session on Tuesday, September 22, at 4 p.m. to seek input on their initial recommendations.

Public listening sessions

Want to Provide feedback?

The Task Force encourages you to please submit written comments or feedback on the initial recommendations, in any language, using the multilingual Google forms below. Written comments will be accepted for a two-week period, from September 14 - 25.

Task Force members

  • Chairman Wayne Budd, former U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts
  • Rev. Jeffrey Brown, Associate Pastor, Historic Twelfth Baptist Church, Roxbury  
  • Allison S. Cartwright, Attorney in Charge, Roxbury Defender's Office
  • Eddy Chrispin, Sergeant, Boston Police Department and President, MA Association of Minority Law Enforcement Officers, Inc. 
  • Jamarhl Crawford, Boston resident
  • Joseph D. Feaster, Jr., Chairman of the Board, Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts
  • Javier Flores, Partner, Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP
  • Darrin Howell, President, DRIVE Boston Community Resources Inc. & Political Coordinator, 1199SEIU
  • Marie St. Fleur, former MA State Representative, Boston 
  • Tanisha M. Sullivan, Esq. President, NAACP Boston Branch
  • Superintendent Dennis White, Chief of Staff, Boston Police Department  

Next steps

After hosting a final listening session on September 22, 2020, on their recommendations and considering community feedback, the Task Force will provide their final recommendations to the Mayor.