Policing Dissent


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Documents and video surveillance tapes obtained by the ACLU of Massachusetts and the National Lawyers Guild, Massachusetts Chapter--after suing for access on behalf of five peace groups, four activists and Political Research Associates--show that officers assigned to the Boston Regional Intelligence Center at the Boston Police Department are collecting and keeping information about constitutionally protected speech and political activity. The documents provide the public with its first glimpse into the political surveillance practices of the Boston Police Department.

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Blog

10.18.12

When Boston Police spy on free speech, democracy suffers
Boston.com
Reposted at ACLU's Blog of Rights

Resources

Read the released documents.

Media

Records reveal Boston Police spy on political and police groups
ACLU of Massachusetts media release

10.30.12

Boston law enforcement oversteps in policing dissent
Letter to the Editor
The Boston Globe

10.26.12

Boston Police spy on peaceful, First Amendment-protected activity–but why?
New England First Amendment Center

10.24.12

Boston Police step over the line on rights
The Boston Globe

10.23.12

Boston Police: Unlawful surveillance or justified information collection?
Radio Boston

10.22.12

Guest opinion: The corrosive power of fear
Wicked Local Nantucket

10.19.12

Boston Police spied on protests, meetings
Democracy Now

10.18.12

Boston Police surveillance
WGBH

BPD en la mira de ACLU
WUNI

ACLU: Boston Police "Spying" at Antiwar Protests
WGBH News

Boston PD accused of spying on anti-war groups
NECN

Civil rights groups criticize police surveillance
Associated Press, via NECN

Boston Police accused of spying on antiwar groups
The Boston Globe

ACLU faults Boston Police for surveillance
WBUR

10.17.12

Report says Boston police are 'spying' on local activists
Metro

Hank Investigates - Secret police files
WHDH

Legal Documents

6.24.2011

Public records request to Boston Police Department regarding peace groups

3.29.2010

Public records request to Boston Police Department regarding activists interrogated by BRIC

12.28.2009

Public records request to Boston Police Department regarding suspicious activity reporting

More

Read the "Policing Dissent" report.

Read Boston Police Department "intelligence reports."

Read other documents that our lawsuit obtained.

Visit the website of the National Lawyers Guild, Massachusetts Chapter.

Visit the website of Political Research Associates.