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OPINION: “I am going to vent and I hope this makes it to one of the New Bedford councilors or our mayor!!

“So I am going to vent and I hope this makes it to one of our councilors or our mayor!!!

I apologize ahead of time for this but this needs to get out!! My mother woke with shortness of breath so my brother called 911. My mother started calling out for help not wanting to die and my brother called 911 again and then again. 3 times! NO one came!

My mom collapsed in my brother’s arms after over 30 min of no ambulance and being told by the New Bedford Fire Department that there are only 3 ambulances at night and all of them were busy in Freetown.

When the ambulance came, it was too late. OVER 30 F******MINUTES FOR A AMBULANCE 🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬???

Oh and let me add this no police or fire dept until after the Freetown ambulance came!!!!”-Annmarie Edwards.




SouthCoast resident thanks municipal authorities and philanthropists in three cities for assisting a “nameless homeless” man

“In last Saturday’s deluge, just before Stephen D. found refuge at St. Anne’s Hospital in Fall River, Mass. Many a ‘nameless homeless’ have fallen prey to forces beyond their control; here’s a prime example. Facts disclosed by certain high authorities (with his consent) stunned me.

I’m delighted to report that his life has continued to change, which is all to the good. Per his principal nurse, he’s doing famously: eating and sleeping well, spirits unmistakably on the rise. At the end of last night’s call, nurse Kayvee grew pensive, murmuring, “What a nice man he is. We’re glad to help him.”

Sending warmest-and-driest holiday thanks to municipal authorities and philanthropists in three cities. Your efforts are never for nought, as this case shows. A man’s prospects have brightened by a factor of a thousand. That said, God bless all the kind souls on New Bedford Ladder 1 and at the New Bedford Police Department, too! Your vigilance, kindness and patience showed this brave soul a way home.”-MP Feitelberg.




Second New Bedford resident concerned about illegal dumping at south end duck pond

ATTENTION: RE: the south end duck pond. People should really think twice before illegally dumping!

A little education to the ones that don’t know, this type of dumping hurts the wildlife and could also hurt a human. Items dumped:

• car battery
• metal firepit
• garbage
• tree stumps with metal fencing sticking out
• styrofoam pieces
• cardboard
• nips
• balloon string.

Please think twice before dumping! This has already been reported for cleanup of the big items that I couldn’t lift and dispose of properly myself”-Signed, Concerned Anonymous Resident.




OPINION: Police reform advocates call for meaningful action from Massachusetts House Speaker DeLeo and MA State Rep. Cronin

“Police reform advocates from across the Bay State released a powerful, new video today calling upon top leaders in the Massachusetts House of Representatives to advance key racial justice measures in the state legislature’s pending police reform package. That package is currently under negotiations between the two chambers, and advocates say they want to be sure it includes two key “litmus test” measures that will determine in their eyes whether or not the bill represents progress or a punt.

Reverend Maria White-Hammond, who has played a leadership role in the coalition and helped to organize the new video message, said in a statement:

“This is a crucial moment for our state. Thousands of Bay Staters called for racial justice and accountability for police violence and misconduct this summer — but the Legislature has yet to make good on its promise for real reform. Time is running out. We need real action now.”

Meanwhile, the legislature only has 36 days left to pass reform legislation before the end of the current session, which is slated for Saturday, January 2, 2021.

The video urges MA House of Representatives Speaker Robert DeLeo and House Judiciary Chair Claire Cronin to ensure a final police reform package that includes meaningful limits on qualified immunity and a police oversight commission that is inclusive of racial justice advocates.

“We can’t wait for another tragedy, or for Massachusetts to be a national headline,” the message says. “Speaker DeLeo, [House Conference Committee Chair] Representative Cronin, and the rest of the Legislature’s conference committee members need to stop dragging their feet. It’s time to lead.”

The legislative package, S.2820/H.4886, has been stuck in a conference committee since July, when both the House and Senate passed different versions of a police reform bill following widespread protests across the state in the wake of George Floyd’s death at the hands of police.”

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Police Reform Now (MA) is a grassroots coalition of civil rights, religious, labor, and other grassroots organizations that advocate for legislative solutions to address the concerns of overpoliced communities and to ensure there is greater transparency in policing.

For more information: www.policereformnowma.org




OPINION: “THIS is why New Bedford has a bad reputation! DO BETTER!”

“I’m 23. I live on my own pay all my own bills. I work 5-6 days a week to afford things like this. I just spent 1 1/2 hours yesterday washing and waxing my beautiful truck. I don’t bother anyone. I go to work, eat dinner then go to the gym.

I don’t start trouble with anyone in the area to avoid things like this happening to me. This happened in broad daylight between 7-9:00am Saturday morning on Phillips Ave.

THIS IS WHY NEW BEDFORD HAS A BAD REPUTATION. New Bedford, do better.

Don’t inconvenience innocent people that did nothing to you to deserve this.”-Rj Thorpe.




OPINION: “I’m in the medical field – I guess it’s time for a different career. What happened to our rights?”

“So if you have chosen not to get a flu shot in the past and you work in the medical field you would be mandated to wear a mask to protect you and your patients and that worked just fine. Why is it now the governor is making it mandatory so the facilities are going to enforce it and risk losing many employees?

I’m confused considering a mask has worked just fine in the past and what now it’s not good enough??? So if we are being forced to get the shot and end up with one of the many side effects who is going to be responsible for that because I’m sure they will be having you sign that paper that says they aren’t responsible or can’t be held accountable??

Hmmm. I guess it’s time for a different career!!! What happened to our rights, and freedom to refuse??”-“Vicki Rose-Rego‎.




OPINION “Jon Mitchell stop duck and dodge accountability to New Bedford citizens”

“It is quite ironic that on Thursday, September 24th “mayor” Jon Mitchell rejected an invitation to participate in a community dialogue with the NAACP and United Interfaith Action regarding police violence and accountability, and then Jon made a claim in the press that he selected members for the Mayor’s Commission on Police Use of Force with the counsel of the NAACP on Friday September 25th!?!?!?

Jon you claim the NAACP counseled your choices as cover for the lack of diversity and inclusion in your Commission on Police Use of Force. Yet Thursday you choose not to include yourself in the NAACP and United Interfaith Action organized community discussion about the police force in our city! Jon please explain just how exactly does that work?

It was appalling to learn from Jeffrey Cardoza, Fall River’s chief of police, that Mitchell went further and invested time lobbying Fall River Mayor Paul Coogan in order to convince him to also reject participation in this community meeting with the NAACP and United Interfaith Action.

It appears Jon Mitchell was afraid participation of Fall River’s mayor would highlight Mitchell’s cowardice ducking and dodging of accountability to the citizens of New Bedford he is handsomely paid to serve. More troubling is the fact that it also appears Mitchell ordered the New Bedford Police Chief Cordero to abandon his already confirmed commitment to attend. This is shameful and spineless public leadership.

For the record, Jon your Commission on Police Use of Force does not represent the same demographics as New Bedford (age, gender, race, ethnicity, language proficiency, class, and neighborhood). Your Commission is stacked with many members who do not even reside in the city of New Bedford. Many of the members are either police officers, former police officers, prosecutors, former prosecutors, or people who are or have been coupled with police, prosecuting attorneys, or the criminal “justice” system. Moreover, the majority of the commission is over 50 years old, middle or upper middle class, english speaking, college educated, and/or connected to the police union or your administration.

As such the makeup of Mitchell’s commission has a limited range of experiences and ideas by design. It certainly does not reflect the diversity of our city. This failure emphasizes the need for an independent and fully funded oversight board with subpoena power. The oversight board must be independent, not only from the police department, but also from elected politics, and have a fixed budget, so that it is able to effectively and independently investigate complaints. The board’s structure needs to be designed by the community, not the Mayor. This ensures true community voice and perspective centered around the needs of those most impacted by police violence, abuse, and misconduct.

Jon Mitchell if you should discover a spine or an ounce of integrity then perhaps you will register for Sunday’s October 4th 2pm final presentation of “The Malcolm Gracia Story: A Presentation of Evidence” covering the shooting death of Malcolm and the botched investigation by registering via emailing MalcolmGraciaEvidence@Gmail.com.

In light of the fact that Mitchell has skipped out on four weeks of presentations of evidence here is a link to David Ehren’s “Years after Malcolm Gracia’s murder, questions remain” The article summarizes September 20th presentation covering “the altercation” between Detective Tyson Barnes and Malcolm Gracia. We can only hope Mitchell will finally stop avoiding the truth and make a commitment to attend the final presentation on Sunday October 4th. If he truly believes in justice he will and will review the evidence.

If he does perhaps he will understand and agree to the following demands from our community:

• The immediate firing of New Bedford Police officers Tyson Barnes, David Brown, Paul Fonseca, Brian Safioleas, and Trevor Sylvia for their involvement in the murder of Malcolm Gracia.

• That Detectives David Brown, Tyson Barnes, Paul Fonseca, Trevor Sylvia and Sgt. Brian Safioleas be charged for filing false police reports based on their affidavits filed on October 22, 2018 in the case of Christina Gracia v. City of New Bedford et al. Docket No. 1573CV00467.

• That Detectives David Brown and Tyson Barnes be charged for violating Malcolm Gracia and Adam Carreira’s civil rights.

• That Detective Trevor Sylvia be charged with Second Degree Murder based on the evidence in the case, which shows that Detective Sylvia shot Malcolm three times in the back as he was running away from officers.

• That Detective Paul Fonseca be charged with First Degree Murder based on the evidence in the case, which includes Fonseca’s statements to Massachusetts State Police.

• Creation of an independent and fully funded civilian oversight board with subpoena power led by those most impacted by structural racism and state sanctioned violence.

• A thorough and independent investigation into NBPD’s use of surveillance technology, including its costs relative to its efficacy, the violation of civil liberties, and most importantly, its disparate impact on communities oppressed by structural racism, class domination, and xenophobia.

#JusticeForMalcolmGracia.” -Erik Andrade.

Erik Andrade

#JusticeForMalcolmGracia




OPINION: BREATHE! response to 60-Day Report from New Bedford’s Mayor Mitchell’s Commissions on Police Use of Force

“It is promising that the Mayor’s Commission on Police Use of Force mentioned that police directives are within their jurisdiction. That being the case, we believe it is imperative that the Commission demand an immediate rescinding of the New Bedford Police Department’s Directive 06-71 “High Energy Patrol Initiative” which led to what a Superior Court Judge deemed an unconstitutional stop of Malcolm Gracia and the deadly use of force by Detective Trevor Sylvia and Detective Paul Fonseca murdering a New Bedford child, Malcolm Gracia. The directive also includes problematic language rife with racial overtones.

It encourages police officers to see “middle school-aged children” from New Bedford as “thugs” and “remove them from our city.” This is exactly the type of language that wreaks of unaddressed implicit bias and results in unnecessary, often illegal, use of force against low-income, primarily Black, Brown, and Indigenous youth in our city and across the country.

Response to the Commission’s statement about Transparency of the Commission

It is alarming to discover that Mayor Jon Mitchell’s Commission on Police Use of Force believes that those in need of translation services and/or alternatives to Internet access are expected to send the Commission requests for provisions. It is mind-boggling that a Commission that solely sent out press releases in English and electronically would believe that those without internet access or the ability to read English should, or even could, be responsible for requesting translations and alternate means of engaging the Commission.

This scapegoating of effective outreach to all members in our community is troubling. Especially given the fact that community members with English proficiency and Internet access also complained about how difficult it was to find an event flyer, meeting agendas, NBPD Use of Force Policies, and/or registration information for the commission’s first public meeting.

Despite the commission’s claim that their press release included a complete agenda, many members from the community voiced their discontent with the lack of clarity via public comment, messages in the Zoom chat, comments on the FaceBook livestream, and in statements to the local media. The Commission failed to effectively outreach, educate, and inform the community on the meeting’s agenda and goals. Moreover, the Commission avoided answering questions and/or engaging in healthy dialogue with meeting participants.

Regarding the Commission response to questions about the Appointment of Commission Members

The Commission is correct, Jon Mitchell is the one who needs to answer all of the community’s questions relating to his criteria for selection of Commission members. To that end, Jon Mitchell we in BREATHE! are still awaiting your answers to the following questions:

â—Ź Why does the Commission not represent the same demographics as New Bedford (age, gender, race, ethnicity, language proficiency, class, and neighborhood)?
â—Ź Why does the Commission replicate the same systems of oppression it seeks to address by being composed of police, prosecutors, and friends of elected officials?
â—Ź What was the criteria for selecting these individuals? What was the thought process behind appointing these representatives? While it is true that Mayor Jon Mitchell was responsible for the composition of the Commission, Chairman Brian Gomes clearly can survey the individual members of the Commission and easily provide answers to the following questions.
â—Ź How many of the commission members live outside of the city New Bedford?
â—Ź How many of the commission members have worked for the police or prosecuting attorney office and/or have partners that have?
â—Ź How many of the commission members have ties to the current administration or have campaigned for the current administration?
â—Ź How many of the commission members have ties to the police union or have accepted donations from the police union?

Regarding the process for submitting input/questions to the Commission and the description of the process for filing complaints.

We do not believe it is in the best interest of the community and/or victims of police misconduct to submit public comments, questions, or complaints to the Commission on Police Use of Force, the Human Relations Commission, or the New Bedford Chief of Police. Especially considering no steps are being taken to ensure that it is legally wise and safe for members of our community to share stories of their interactions with the city administration or police without risking future civil/criminal cases and without fear of repercussion or retaliation from the police.

Although Counselor Gomes stated that he would personally guarantee their safety, that is not something he has the authority to do and that is not a promise backed by any legal document. We do not believe having victims of police misconduct reach out to individuals and organizations with close ties to the police or the city administration to be a best practice or to create a safe, inviting space for people who have had negative experiences with the police to come forward.

The citizens of New Bedford should have the power to investigate and discipline police misconduct. After all, the police work for the citizens of New Bedford. Moreover, it is the citizens of New Bedford that the police swore to serve and protect. If the Commission is committed to stopping police from targeting BIPOC communities, they will support the community’s demand for a fully funded and independent oversight board with subpoena power and disciplinary authority. This oversight board would hold police officers accountable for wrongdoing. New Bedford needs an oversight board to ensure police stop their policies and practices of targeting BIPOC communities, low-income people, and other marginalized groups with impunity.

The oversight board must be independent, not only from the police department, but also from elected politics, and have a fixed budget, so that it is able to effectively and independently investigate complaints. The board’s structure needs to be designed by the community, not the Mayor. This ensures true community voice and perspective centered around the needs of those most impacted by police violence, abuse, and misconduct. The leadership and majority of the board membership must be victims of
police misconduct and/or their family members, with other local citizens nominated by grassroots civic and community-based organizations trusted by the communities most impacted by the criminal justice system.

Conclusion

Ultimately, we in BREATHE! felt that Mayor Mitchell’s Commission On Police Use of Force’s “public” meeting was poorly advertised, failed to educate the community regarding the scope of the commission’s work, and was a feeble attempt at community engagement. When questioned about efforts made to include diverse voices from the community, the commission had no answer. We believe any legitimate conversations around police policies should include youth, non-English speakers, Black, Indigenous, LGBTQ, communities of color, folks with limited Internet access, and victims or family members of those harmed or killed by police.

When meeting participants questioned the commission we were met with silence, evasion, aggression, or a condescending tone from chairman Brian Gomes. The Commission erroneously claimed they can only review three policies on police use of force in isolation. This is not true. Police use of force policies cannot be separated from all other policing policies or the impact they have on members of our community.

The Commission’s own admission that they have limited purpose and scope emphasizes the need for an independent and fully funded oversight board with subpoena power. This oversight board would create accountability and help to protect our community from a racist ecosystem of police policies and the organizational culture that gets built alongside it.

In the last month, we have also noted that not one member of Mayor Jon Mitchell’s Commision on Police Use of Force has attended any of the “The Malcolm Gracia Story: A Presentation of Evidence” Zoom calls to hear about the details of one incident of deadly use of force that took the life of a young person from our own community. Given that the Commission is reviewing New Bedford’s Police use of force policies, we imagined the Commission would prioritize attendance at these important public presentations, especially considering the fact that Malcolm Gracia was a 15-year-old child who was murdered by police use of force after having his civil rights violated when the New Bedford Police Department illegally stopped him on May 17, 2012.

Additionally, after the Commission’s noticeable absence from Part 1 of “The Malcolm Gracia Story: A Presentation of Evidence” on Sunday August 30th we sent a second email invitation and letter to Jon Mitchell and the entire Commission addressing their absence. Yet, shamefully not one member from the Commission has prioritized any of the presentations of evidence in this important case involving New Bedford Police Officers use of deadly force on a child. It is our hope that the Commission will prioritize the last presentation of evidence scheduled for Sunday October 4th at 2pm by registering via an email to MalcolmGraciaEvidence@gmail.com.

We also insist that the Mayor’s Commission on Police Use of Force publish a public statement regarding Malcolm Gracia’s murder via excessive use of force by the NBPD including the following demands:

â—Ź The immediate firing of New Bedford Police officers Tyson Barnes, David Brown, Paul Fonseca, Brian Safioleas, and Trevor Sylvia for their involvement in the murder of Malcolm Gracia.
â—Ź That Detectives David Brown, Tyson Barnes, Paul Fonseca, Trevor Sylvia and Sgt. Brian Safioleas be charged for filing false police reports based on their affidavits filed on October 22, 2018 in the case of Christina Gracia v. City of New Bedford et al. Docket No. 1573CV00467.
● That Detectives David Brown and Tyson Barnes be charged for violating Malcolm Gracia and Adam Carreira’s civil rights.
â—Ź That Detective Trevor Sylvia be charged with Second Degree Murder based on the evidence in the case, which shows that Detective Sylvia shot Malcolm three times in the back as he was running away from officers.
● That Detective Paul Fonseca be charged with First Degree Murder based on the evidence in the case, which includes Fonseca’s statements to Massachusetts State Police.
â—Ź Creation of an independent and fully funded civilian oversight board with subpoena power led by those most impacted by structural racism and state-sanctioned violence.
● A thorough and independent investigation into NBPD’s use of surveillance technology, including its costs relative to its efficacy, the violation of civil liberties, and most importantly, its disparate impact on communities oppressed by structural racism, class domination, and xenophobia.




OPINION: David Ehren’s response to New Bedford’s Mayor Mitchell’s Commission on Police Use of Force 60-Day report

“The New Bedford Commission on Police Use of Force Policies just issued its four-and-a-half page 60-day findings. Aside from three pages of bureaucratic blather about its mandate and a rather defensive section on its compliance with Open Meeting laws, the report was short on both analysis and prescription. The only real substance to be found was on the last page and a half. And it was a major disappointment for anyone expecting a good-faith effort by the Mayor to address police misconduct.

The report completely dismisses police accountability. According to the report, headed up by Commission Chair Brian Gomes, there appears to already be adequate accountability for police officers:

‘The NBPD “use of force” policies guide officers in performance and behavior. When an officer violates any of those policies, he/she is held accountable through the department’s governing Rules & Regulations. Disciplinary action ranges from counseling to termination. The department receives an average of 60 complaints a year. Reports of violations can come from both inside and outside of the department.’

No, the real problem, judging by the inordinate focus on the topic, is lack of training. Training has become the “go-to” prescription for “doing something” that everyone can get behind: the public thinks the problem is being addressed and the police get more money.

Here are the Commission’s thoughts on training:

‘Training of the NBPD

The Municipal Police Training Committee (MPTC) provides a 6-month training program for new police recruits that translates into 800+ hours. The program is organized into three (I-III) volumes with multiple subtopics and covers 21st century policing best practices with specific emphasis on the following core principles: problem solving, procedural justice, ethical decision making, and fair and impartial policing.

MPTC training (which includes New Bedford police officers) is in the top 20% when it comes to numbers of hours trained across the country. At the MPTC academy, they learn state laws, criminal investigations, patrol procedures, firearms training, traffic control, defensive driving, self-defense, first aid and computer skills. Police academy recruits also undertake physical training and fieldwork that demonstrates their comprehension of classroom instruction. Field exercises include investigating mock criminal scenes, directing traffic, operating police vehicles, arrest techniques, using firearms, fingerprinting and interrogation methods.

Once an officer is on the job at the NBPD, he/she does a week of in-house NBPD training at HQ before he/she serves 30-days with a veteran officer. At that point it is determined if the Officer is ready to be added to the rotation.

Officers are required by state statue to also undergo 40 hours of In-Service Training annually. The agenda of this training is set by the MPTC (Municipal Police Training Committee) and the MA Chiefs of Police. Topics that are mandatory every year are Legal updates (both Criminal Law and Motor Vehicle Law), Use of Force/Defensive Tactics, and CPR & 1st Responder. Topics that are additionally added are usually based on the landscape of what is going on in policing that we need additional training on or what is new in policing. During the past 2-3 years topics have included Fair & Impartial Policing, Officer Wellness & Suicide Prevention, Active Shooter Response, Dealing with Alzheimer issues, conducting Cruelty to Animal Investigations and responding to calls from those experiencing a mental health crisis, Alzheimer’s, Autism, other cognitive conditions and disabilities.

In light of the events of 2020, the MPTC is currently in discussions about additional training that can be brought in at the state level. This will include officers of the New Bedford Police Department.

The 2020-2021 schedule is not quite completed, but discussions are centering around additional training in de-escalation, Integrating Communication, Assessment and Tactics (ICAT), Racial Profiling, Cultural Competency, Effective Communication and LGBTQ Rights. This Commission has discussed the importance of including trainings on unconscious bias, racial justice and racial equity along with other programs to address the needs of diverse communities who are experiencing oppression.

De-escalation training

Tactical de-escalation involves the use of techniques to reduce the intensity of an encounter with a subject/suspect and enable an officer to have additional options to gain voluntary compliance or to mitigate the need to use a higher level of force, while still maintaining control of the situation. The goal of de-escalation is to avoid a violent encounter with the key elements of de-escalation techniques being for officers to create distance, take time and use shielding.

Throughout the summer, the Commission has repeatedly discussed the topic of de-escalation. Currently, the Commission is in the process of writing recommendations to further articulate and strengthen de-escalation language in the NBPD Use of Force Policies. The main learning objective of de-escalation training is to provide police officers with an organized way of making decisions about how they will act in any situation, including situations that may involve uses of force. Effects on the Decision-Making Process, Officer Safety While De-Escalating, Situational Awareness and tactical repositioning.’

Remarkably, the Commission mentions no consequences for officers failing to use their shiny new training.

Other than this, the Commission could not come to any other conclusions — even after a raucous public meeting at which community members demanded that the Commission consider an independent police review commission and create meaningful accountability measures. In fact, the Commission’s report doesn’t even acknowledge any of these concerns — concerns which the Commission from the outset rejected as being beyond the scope of its mandate but which would do much to prevent chronic abuse of force:

‘To date, the Commission has reviewed data on public complaints of police abuse or use of force. The data has included the race of the complainant when known. The Commission has not yet determined which recommendations it will make and present to the Mayor. This will only occur after full deliberation of the Commission on each recommendation being considered.’

There is a link to a form the public can use to comment on the Commission’s 60-day results.

But why bother?

Mayor Jon Mitchell has already accomplished what he set out to do — to blunt public demand for police accountability in the wake of George Floyd’s killing and to soften renewed demands to revisit the Malcolm Gracia case he himself was involved with. The public shouldn’t expect any more than this from Mitchell.




OPINION: Our local legislators are the reason New Bedford Police officers don’t wear body cameras

The main reason New Bedford police officers don’t wear body cameras while performing their duties is due to the lack of money, not the political will. This could easily be solved by your New Bedford legislators, so why haven’t they acted?

In 2012, 15-year old Malcolm Gracia was shot to death by police after stabbing a New Bedford police officer. The police and two Bristol County District Attorneys have cleared the police officers involved as a justifiable shooting, but the family, some activists, and family-lawyer dispute that the officer was even stabbed. Wouldn’t body cameras on the four police officers on the scene during the shooting have told us an unbiased story instead of relying on witnesses? With Black Lives Matters protests active across the country isn’t now the time to act?

New Bedford’s mayor, Chief of police, and head of the New Bedford Police Union all support having police officers wearing body cameras while on duty. I’ve asked each one of them if they support body cams on cops and each has told me they support it. Each has also pointed out that the only thing stopping them from body camera’s from being deployed is the lack of funding.

At one time, I was against police officers wearing personal body cameras, but have grown to consider them vital in today’s political environment where the media is obsessed with finding and quickly reporting police-involved shootings increasing protests, some violent. Due to police overtime and damage to buildings from declared riots and other violent protests, the costs to cities impacted in the 100’s of millions of dollars. Millions of dollars invested in police cameras could save future riots and save 100’s of millions.

While not perfect, police-worn body cameras can tell an unbiased story of events that lead up to arrests, police brutality, and shootings. If cops misbehave, punish, or charge them. If the suspects break the law, use it against them in court. Cameras are used every day to put criminals in jail, let’s use them to charge or clear officers.

Do you want body-worn cameras on New Bedford police officers? Contact your state legislators that serve New Bedford:

Sen. Mark Montigny
Phone: (508) 984-1474
Mark.Montigny@masenate.gov

Rep. Antonio Cabral
Phone: (617) 722-2017
Antonio.Cabral@mahouse.gov

Christopher Hendricks
Phone: (617) 722-2305
Chris.Hendricks@mahouse.gov

Rep. Christopher Markey
Christopher.Markey@mahouse.gov
Phone: (617) 722-2020

Rep. Paul Schmid
Phone: (508) 567-5675
Paul.Schmid@mahouse.gov

Rep. William Straus
William.Straus@mahouse.gov
Phone: (617) 722-2400

You can also contact your New Bedford City Council and ask them to go on record to support the idea. Contact list here.

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