Boston’s Davis Responds Aggressively To 2007 Violence


Boston’s new police commissioner, Edward Davis, responded to a weekend spate of violence in a way that his more-aggressive stamp on the department and drew praise from some community leaders, reports the Boston Globe. Davis admonished relatives and neighbors of the year’s first homicide victim for refusing to cooperate with police investigating the shooting of a boy, 14. Yesterday, the boy’s relatives said they would talk to detectives and explained that a teenager mistakenly shut the door on investigators.

Davis said he would increase the number of officers assigned to the area near where the boy was killed. Davis, who has vowed to enhance community policing, said residents can expect to see more of him, and to get to know his officers. Davis predecessor Kathleen O’Toole tended to stick to nonspecifics in pleading for help from the public, but Davis went beyond that language in a news conference Monday.


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