BPD in the News: Music Brings Boston Police and City Youth Together

Photo courtesy of Timothy Tai (Boston Globe)

In the past few weeks, when across the country it seems as though there is a great divide between police officers and communities, here in Boston we are constantly finding new ways to become closer and open more lines of communication with the people of our city. Shaw Pong Liu, a classically trained violinist, recently introduced the Boston Police Department to one a new, unique way of reaching out to our communities—through music. Liu’s project, called “Code Listen,” combines musical “jam sessions” and open dialogue between Boston police officers and local youth to build stronger relationships between the BPD and the people we serve. “We’re never one to shy away from dialogue,” Police Commissioner Evans said through a spokesperson. “Music is another form of conversation, and this is another way to engage the community.” Malcolm Gay from the Boston Globe brings you the full story here:

https://www.bostonglobe.com/arts/music/2016/07/27/can-violinist-bring-boston-police-youth-together-through-music/vtPoXNKFQ2IVodt2HOI6PK/story.html

Daily Dose of Great Police Work: With the Help of the Public, Officers Catch Package Thieves Red-Handed

 

At about 4:55 PM on Wednesday, July 27, 2016, members of the District D-14 (Brighton) Neighborhood Drug Control Unit responded to a radio call for persons stealing packages in the area of 1302 Commonwealth Avenue.

Upon hearing the details of the 911 call, the DCU officers in the area set up surveillance on two males fitting the descriptions of the suspects outside 1298 Comm Ave. Shortly, officers observed a resident enter the front door of the building via key. As he passed through the door, one of the suspects ran up, prevented the door from closing, and slipped into the building behind the resident. The second suspect remained seated on the front steps looking back and forth as if maintaining a lookout for the first suspect before entering the building himself. Minutes later, officers approached the front door and were greeted by the building manager who advised them she was approached by a witness who informed her two suspects were opening packages and stealing the contents inside the building. The officers located the two suspects inside the residence, as well as several packages that had been ripped opened and rummaged through. Officers were also able to locate several stolen items from one of the suspect’s bicycles and from the area where they had been sitting.

Officers arrested 36-year-old Courtney Alexander Perry of Everett and 21-year-old James Witkowski-Owens of Dorchester and charged them with Breaking and Entering in the Daytime (3 counts each), Larceny from a Building (2 counts each), and Trespassing (Witkowski-Owens 2 counts, Perry 1 count).

Boston 24: Thursday, July 28, 2016

Data includes 24 HR PERIOD beginning Wednesday @ 10:00 a.m. through Thursday @ 10:00 a.m.

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 2

Street Robberies: 2
Commercial Robberies: 0
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 0

Vehicle Thefts: 8
Vehicle Recoveries: 0
Vehicle Breaks: 10

Residential Break-ins: 8
Commercial Break-ins: 0

Note: The information above is preliminary information, and should not be considered official crime statistics. The information is based on an initial review of incident reports and may not be a comprehensive listing of events. It is not a statistical analysis, but rather an initial tally of significant events.

Keeping Boston Safe: Kids and Officers Alike Benefit from "Public Safety Day for Kids with Special Needs"

For parents with kids with special needs, discovering that their child has wandered off or gone missing is one of their biggest nightmares. Compounding that fear is the idea that many children with special needs experience sensory overload around loud noises and flashing lights, especially when created by the sirens and lights on our police cars. So instead of running towards police officers tasked with finding them and bringing them home,  imagine a heartbreaking scenario where a child with special needs is too afraid to run towards the help they need. To conquer that concern, put kids at ease, and build a bridge of understanding, "Public Safety Day for Kids with Special Needs" was created. Kids are encouraged to sit our cars and play with sirens for as long as they want. In Boston, keeping kids safe is one of top priorities, and you can see in the photos, Safety Day is one way we achieve that goal.

ICYMI: Youth Group Visits District C-11 to Present Artwork and Initiate Current Events Discussion

On Wednesday, July 13, 2016, the Lasagna & Co. Kids from the Dorchester House came by District C-11 to prevent violence in their neighborhood and to support the officers that serve and protect their neighborhoods. The group was inquisitive about the violence that has been occurring across our country and what they can do to prevent it.

Officer Timothy Golden and Captain Timothy Connolly facilitated an impromptu, rich discussion about current events between the police and the communities that they serve, focused on mutual respect and procedural justice.  

The group presented District C-11 with their rendition of peace through art. The artwork will be displayed in the C-11 Guardroom for all officers to appreciate.    

BPD Officers Greatly Appreciate Sign of Support at the Intersection of Mill and Everett Streets in Dorchester

Thank You for Supporting Us: During these extremely troubling and turbulently violent times for police officers around the country, signs of appreciation and support are valued more than ever before. With that said, a community member recently sent us photos of a sign of support, a literal sign, in the form of BPD cruiser located at the intersection of Mill and Everett Streets in Dorchester. As you can see in the photos, the fine print along the side of the cruiser reads: “Support Boston Police.” To the person or persons who created the sign – we at the BPD say: “Thanks for supporting us and recognizing that here in Boston, public safety is a team sport.”

SINCEREST FORM OF FLATTERY: St. Louis Police Department smartly adds police-themed ice cream truck to patrol force

SINCEREST FORM OF FLATTERY: It’s often said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and, with that thought in mind, the men and women of the Boston Police Department were especially pleased and proud to see the St. Louis Police Department follow our lead in their understandably astute decision to add a police-themed ice cream truck to their patrol force. As we can attest and have shown since 2010, the  BPD Ice Cream truck is a phenomenally effective community outreach tool and continues to be an invaluable asset in our ongoing efforts to further strengthen our relationships with our city’s young people. In a word, you’re gonna love your new truck and we wish for you the same kind of success we’ve enjoyed here in Boston.

Boston 24: Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Data includes 24 HR PERIOD beginning Tuesday @ 10:00 a.m. through Wednesday @ 10:00 a.m.

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 3
Nonfatal Stabbings: 1

Street Robberies: 2
Commercial Robberies: 1
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 0

Vehicle Thefts: 2
Vehicle Recoveries: 0
Vehicle Breaks: 9

Residential Break-ins: 1
Commercial Break-ins: 2

Note: The information above is preliminary information, and should not be considered official crime statistics. The information is based on an initial review of incident reports and may not be a comprehensive listing of events. It is not a statistical analysis, but rather an initial tally of significant events.

Boston 24: Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Data includes 24 HR PERIOD beginning Monday @ 10:00 a.m. through Tuesday @ 10:00 a.m.

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 3
Nonfatal Stabbings: 1

Street Robberies: 6
Commercial Robberies: 1
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 1

Vehicle Thefts: 1
Vehicle Recoveries: 1
Vehicle Breaks: 9

Residential Break-ins: 5
Commercial Break-ins: 0

Note: The information above is preliminary information, and should not be considered official crime statistics. The information is based on an initial review of incident reports and may not be a comprehensive listing of events. It is not a statistical analysis, but rather an initial tally of significant events.

ONE LESS GUN: BPD Officers Display Tremendous Restraint While Subduing Uncooperative Gun-toting Suspect in Dorchester

About 2:18 pm, on Monday, July 25, 2016, officers from District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to a radio call for a person with a gun in the area of Dorchester District Court near 510 Washington Street. While en route to the call, officers learned via the police dispatcher that the suspect seen with the gun was a black teenager, approximately 6’3” tall, wearing a black t-shirt and khaki shorts. A search of the immediate area enabled officers to locate an individual matching the description of the suspect in the area of 569 Washington Street. Upon seeing the suspect, officers promptly exited their cruiser with department-issued firearms drawn and immediately began issuing clear, concise commands instructing the suspect to show his hands to the officers. Instead of complying with the officer’s legal instructions, the suspect looked at the officers and stated, “Why?” In spite of the suspect’s refusal to comply, officers continued to give clear and loud verbal commands for the suspect to get on the ground with his hands and arms out. At this point, the suspect began pacing back and forth while holding the front of his waist band with his right hand. After approximately two minutes, the suspect finally got down on his right knee with his right hand still on his waist. At this point in, officers quickly moved in and handcuffed the suspect. A search of the suspect enabled officers to locate a firearm (see photo) in the suspect’s right pocket. An unnamed officer at the scene was heard saying: “That kid’s lucky he didn’t get shot.” According to the earlier caller, the suspect had threatened to shoot one of his family members. Officers arrested Raughn Williams, 18, of Boston and charged him with the Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Carrying a Loaded Firearm on a Public Way and Assault by Means of a Dangerous Weapon (Gun). 

UPDATE: BPD Homicide Detectives Apprehend Third Suspect in Connection to the Shooting Death of Raekwon Brown

 

Less than two months after the shooting death of 17-year-old Raekwon Brown, today, Monday, July 25, 2016, members of the BPD’s Fugitive Apprehension Unit in collaboration with the US Marshals Service located and arrested a third suspect wanted in connection to the shooting incident that occurred in the area of the Jeremiah E. Burke High School. Today, officers located and arrested Jaden Waiters, 20, of Boston and charged him with Murder. Waiters is expected to be arraigned tomorrow (July 26, 2016) in Dorchester Municipal Court.

At about 1:16pm, on Wednesday, June 8, 2016, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a call for a person or persons shot in the area of 46 Washington Street in Dorchester. On arrival, officers learned of four victims suffering from gunshot wounds. One of the victims, 17 year-old Raekwon Brown, a student at Burke High School, was pronounced deceased at the scene. Three other victims were transported to area hospitals where they were treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Said Commissioner William Evans: “When a young man with his whole life ahead of him gets gunned down in broad daylight, finding those responsible is of the highest priority to the men and women of the Boston Police Department. Clearly, in the case of Raekwon Brown, those responsible cared little about who they hurt or what lives were ruined on that fateful day. To the Raekwon’s family, again, I can only hope that the news of today’s third arrest brings with it some small measure of comfort and solace. To my detectives, I want to commend them for the around-the-clock efforts that lead to today’s arrest. Thanks to their perseverance and determination, the suspect arrested today is no longer in a position to hurt or harm in anyone else in our community.”

Said District Attorney Dan Conley: “Mr. Brown’s family, friends, and community can count on our best and strongest efforts to find justice on his behalf. But this is still an extremely active investigation, and we must strictly limit our public statements on the case.  Our goal is not just an arrest, not just an indictment, but the best and strongest case we can build, based on the most reliable evidence we can put to a jury. So if you know something – if you know someone who knows something – the time to step forward is now.”

The Boston Police Department continues to actively review the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is strongly urged to contact Boston Police Homicide Detectives at (617) 343-4470.

Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of all those who wish to help this investigation in an anonymous manner.

BPD in the News: NECN Shows the BPD and Community Policing in Action

On Friday, July 22, 2016, the Boston Police Department, Boston Red Sox, and CVS Pharmacy teamed up to have children from the Martin Richard Challenger Program take batting practice at Fenway Park. Glenn Marshall from NECN came along and did a great job capturing the human side of policing. Said BPD Chief William Gross, “We need to show each other that we have a human side and a human face so that we’re not scared of each other or stereotype each other, but realize we are all in the village together.” For the full coverage, follow this link:

http://www.necn.com/news/new-england/NECN_072216_Kinds-in-Fenway_5pm_NECN-387985942.html

BPD Photo of the Day: JPA Kids Have a Blast with the BPD Harbor Unit!

Another great week at the Junior Police Academy for the Boston Police Athletics/Activities League kids. On Thursday, officers packed a day full of fun for the kids from Districts E-5 (West Roxbury) and E-18 (Hyde Park) by taking them for a Harbor Patrol boat ride in the morning then for a tour of Fenway Park in the afternoon. Judging from all the smiles, it looks like everyone had a blast on the water and in the park!

Boston 72: Weekend Update

Data includes 72 HR PERIOD beginning Friday @ 10AM through Monday @ 10AM

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 2
Nonfatal Stabbings: 3

Street Robberies: 15
Commercial Robberies: 0
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 2

Vehicle Thefts: 13
Vehicle Recoveries: 3
Vehicle Breaks: 19

Residential Break-ins: 9
Commercial Break-ins: 2

Note: The information above is preliminary information, and should not be considered official crime statistics. The information is based on an initial review of incident reports and may not be a comprehensive listing of events. It is not a statistical analysis, but rather an initial tally of significant events.

Keeping Boston Safe: Officers in the Right Place at the Right Time to Catch Armed Carjackers

 

At about 1:00 AM on Sunday, July 24, 2016, members of the Youth Violence Strike Force observed an unknown male operating a motor scooter without a helmet or headlight in the area of Humboldt Avenue and Waumbeck Streets in District B-2 (Roxbury).

Officers attempted to conduct a stop of the vehicle which proceeded into Trotter Park where they lost sight of the scooter and operator. As officers pulled up to the park entrance, they observed two different males running toward them and looking back over their shoulders as they ran. Officers stopped these males for trespassing in the park after dark and conducted a pat frisk for their safety. Officers recovered a large black Bowie knife from the first male, later identified as 25-year-old Cody Brown of Dorchester. As officers spoke with the males, they were approached by the unknown male on the scooter whom they had originally followed into the park. The male on the scooter explained to officers that the males they had stopped had carjacked him earlier in the evening. The victim reported that while asleep in his SUV, the males had dragged him out by his shirt, assaulted him, and then drove away in the victim’s vehicle. The victim stated he then went to his friend’s house, borrowed his scooter, and was out looking for the suspects when the officers stopped them in the park. Officers recovered the car key to the victim’s vehicle in Brown’s pants pocket.

Both Brown and the second male, 20-year-old Raquawn Givens of Dorchester, were placed under arrest and charged with Armed Carjacking and Trespassing. Brown was additionally charged with Unlawfully Carrying a Dangerous Weapon, and Givens was additionally charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Class C Drugs after officers recovered a plastic bag containing over 20 Xanax pills from his person.

Daily Dose of Great Police Work: Officers Arrest Two Juveniles for Armed Robbery in Dorchester

 

At about 5:20 PM on Saturday, July 23, 2016, officers from District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to a radio call for a robbery in progress in the area of 176 Sydney Street.

Upon arrival, officers were advised that two males approached the victim from behind as he entered his parked vehicle, pulled a knife, and demanded his cell phone and wallet. They also ordered the victim to empty his glove box and center console. Officers were provided a description of the suspects, which they broadcast over the police radio. Officers in the area observed two males fitting the suspects’ descriptions near Crescent Avenue. As officers approached, the males took off running in opposite directions. Responding officers gave chase and, after a brief pursuit and assistance from bystanders in tracking the suspects, were soon able to apprehend both males. The males were positively identified as the robbery suspects.

Officers arrested a 15-year-old juvenile male and a 16-year-old juvenile male, both from Dorchester. Both were charged with Delinquent to wit; Armed Robbery and Breaking and Entering a Motor Vehicle. The victim’s stolen property was found in the pocket of the 15-year-old, therefore, he was additionally charged with Delinquent to wit; Receiving/Concealing Stolen Property.