In the picture above, Georgette Watson holds up a Certificate of Recognition from the City of Boston. Georgette saw the increasing drug violence in Roxbury at the time, and she knew that residents were afraid of going to the police, because of drug dealer retaliation.

Georgette helped create Drop-A-Dime, a 24-hour anonymous tip line in 1983 to combat these issues. It allowed people to give detailed information about people, vehicles, locations, and events, and it would then be forwarded to the police within 24 hours. Only three years later, the tip line was getting about five hundred tips a month from all over the state and had forwarded 11,000 tips to the FBI, the US Attorney, the Boston police, and housing/school officials.

Activist Georgette Watson (center) holding proclamation, circa 1984-1987, Mayor Raymond L. Flynn records, Collection #0246.001, Boston City Archives, Boston

Blog post by Monica Haberny, City Archives Outreach Intern

NAACP, minority officers’ group criticize ‘Patriots Day’ for erasing slain black officer

  • The Boston NAACP, the Massachusetts Association of Minority Law Enforcement Officers and the family of slain Boston Police Department officer Dennis Simmonds have all joined to criticize the newly released historic thriller Patriots Day.
  • They say the movie whitewashed the role of minority officers responding to the April 2013 Boston Marathon bombings. Read more.
Top 30 Classic Rock Songs

(In no particular order)

1. Starman by David Bowie

2. Dancing with Myself by Billy Idol

3. Heart of Glass by Blondie

4. Pride (in the name of love) by U2

5. Under Pressure by  Queen & David Bowie

6. Don’t you (Forget about me) by Simple Minds

7. Every Breath You Take by The Police

8. Money by Pink Floyd

9. Paint it Black by The Rolling Stones

10. Break On Through The Doors

11. More than a Feeling by Boston

12. Talk Dirty to Me by Poison

13. Roxanne by The Police

14. Lemon Tree by  Fool’s Garden

15. White Wedding by Billy Idol

16. Just like Heaven by The Cure

17. Hold the Line by Toto

18. Teenage Riot by The Ataris

19. This Charming Man by The Smiths

20. Maria by Blondie

21. Panama by Van Halen

22. Children of the Revolution by T. Rex

23. Island Girl by Elton John

24. What’s up by 4 Non Blondes

25. The Air that I Breathe by The Hollies

26. Dream on by Aerosmith

27. Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin

28. Iris by The Goo Goo Dolls

29. Carry on my Wayward Son by Kansas

30. Brain Damage by Pink Floyd

Massachusetts court understands why black men might run from the police.

In a ruling to toss out a gun conviction, a Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court said on Tuesday that Boston police had no right to stop the black suspect in the first place — and argued that black men who flee police in the city shouldn’t automatically arouse suspicion in light of the way the group is “disproportionally and repeatedly targeted” by police. The court wrote:

“The finding that black males in Boston are disproportionately and repeatedly targeted … suggests a reason for flight totally unrelated to consciousness of guilt.”

Tuesday’s ruling is also significant because Boston is not the only city in the United States where police disproportionately focus their attention on the black community. This could set an important precedent nationwide.

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So after I heard about the Boston Policeman who was found with bomb explosives or something along those lines, I decided to google some pictures of Dzhokhar and Tamerlan at the marathon. My heart dropped. I noticed he’s in almost every picture you can find of the brothers at the marathon.


Police catch men with gun cache headed to the Pokémon World Championships

Before the event, fellow gamers at Boston’s Hynes Convention Center received threats of violence over social media linked to 18-year-old Kevin Norton and 27-year-old James Stumbo. Several hours later, convention security barred the two from entering the center. The pair had driven to the event from Davenport, Iowa, and reportedly planned some kind of attack on their competitors. Photos show the sizable cache of weapons found in their car.