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VIDEO: Press Conference at RCC in response to DA's judgement on controversial arrest

 As you may have read last week - that is if you're one of the few people who pay attention to breaking Friday afternoon news...
By Chris Faraone  |  September 21, 2011

DA Says No Excessive Force Used In Last Year's Controversial Arrest of 16-year-old at RCC

The seven-minute YouTube clip begins with five Boston police officers, crowding a Roxbury Community College entranceway, restraining a face-down suspect. Before it's clear what's happening,...
By Chris Faraone  |  September 16, 2011

Viral justice?

The seven-minute YouTube clip begins with five Boston police officers, crowding a Roxbury Community College entranceway, restraining a face-down suspect.
The media might have moved on, but RCC students won't let a case of potential police brutality on campus fade without a fight
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  November 26, 2010

Catching Up On Mass. Politics

I've been on vacation for the past week, but I'm back and ready to offer my two cents on things swirling around the local political...
By David S. Bernstein  |  August 16, 2010

Q&A #1: Flaherty's Future

The excitement of Ask Me Anything Day begins! "JimC" asks: What does Michael Flaherty do next? Politically? I truly have no idea, and I suspect...
By David S. Bernstein  |  December 11, 2009

Blunt object

Question 2 supporters claim Massachusetts district attorneys committed “at least 15 violations of Massachusetts campaign-finance and election laws” in the runup to the marijuana-decriminalization vote. 
The political fight over a November marijuana-reform ballot question has sparked a Battle of the Bong
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 24, 2008


Does Boston hate the BPD?

When Kathleen O’Toole served as Boston police commissioner, from early 2004 through mid 2006, she and Mayor Thomas Menino seemed in constant denial of the spiraling violence and shocking police scandals that were roiling the city.
A secret survey shows just how low the Boston Police Department’s reputation had sunk two years ago. Is the mayor listening?
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  July 16, 2008

You’re fired! Or not . . .

This past summer, Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis was outraged by the actions of four officers, including three lieutenants, accused of manipulating the detail system to defraud the department.
More naughty cops
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  May 14, 2008

More than a few loose ends

Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis has ordered a review of evidence in the wrongful conviction of Stephan Cowans, following a report in the Phoenix that raised questions about possible police misconduct .
BPD to review Cowans evidence
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  March 05, 2008

See no evil

An intriguing battle pitting government against the press is currently percolating on the North Shore and here in Boston.

What’s on the videotape Dan Conley won’t make public? Plus, winners in the Times’ McCain mess.

By ADAM REILLY  |  February 27, 2008


The Boston Phoenix has uncovered substantial new information about the Cowans case.
The Boston Police investigation of Stephan Cowans led to a wrongful conviction. Was it incompetent — or corrupt?
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  February 07, 2008


Menino’s hit list

At a recent political event, Boston mayor Thomas M. Menino asked Robert Crane, the former long-time state treasurer, how many years he had held that office.
40 potential candidates for the 2009 election who could take on the mayor — if they have the courage.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  November 28, 2007

The rumor mill

The energy in this year’s at-large race for Boston City Council is not to be found on the campaign trail.
So far, the race for Boston City Council is all talk and no action
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  September 05, 2007

Placing a bet on gambling

Both Maine and Rhode Island in recent years have rejected proposals that would have brought casino gambling to those states.
Plus, coming to grips with murder in Boston
By EDITORIAL  |  July 18, 2007

Justice is blind

David S. Bernstein’s willingness to ignore the truth in order to advance his own agenda is utterly disgraceful.
Letters to the Boston editor, July 13, 2007

The many reasons for Liquarry Jefferson’s death

As of press time, it appears that a 15-year-old left his handgun where a seven-year-old picked it up and killed an eight-year-old with it.
Responsibility for gun control begins at home and extends all the way to the federal government
By EDITORIAL  |  June 27, 2007


Massachusetts pols with money in hand but no place to go

Had John Kerry decided to run for president again, the state’s political floodgates were ready to open.
Campaign finance
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  January 31, 2007

Death-by-bullet tally hits 50

The murder of 18-year-old Jonathan Calvin Jacques early Sunday morning was Boston’s 50th shooting homicide of 2006, the highest total in more than a decade — and there’s still a month left in the year.
Shooting gallery
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  December 01, 2006

Truth, Justice — or the Boston Way

Stephan Cowans's wrongful conviction cost Boston taxpayers $3.2 million.
Boston’s taxpayers just coughed up another multimillion-dollar check for a wrongful conviction, without being told what was done wrong
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  August 17, 2006

Boston agrees to pay $3.2 million to Stephan Cowans

Finally giving Stephan Cowans some measure of justice for the six and a half years he spent in prison for a crime he did not commit, the City of Boston has agreed to pay $3.2 million to settle a civil lawsuit, the Phoenix has learned.
Wrongfully-convicted Mattapan man’s case exposed incompetent fingerprint unit
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  August 10, 2006

Boston homicides

Surprise: local law-enforcement officials want to lay the blame for unsolved homicides on uncooperative witnesses.
BPD, DA agree: We’re doing fine!
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  January 05, 2006

Marquis Boseman, 18, killed May 11, 2004

No end in sight

Two years ago, Boston’s law-enforcement leaders were crowing over their defeat of the homicide problem. In retrospect, it was Boston’s version of Bush’s “Mission Accomplished.”
Boston’s murder rate has doubled in five years — and may not have peaked yet. Here’s why.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  January 04, 2006