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The terms of the expired contracts remain in place until new ones are signed. We need to look at what the challenges are and rise to the occasion," Mejia said in a statement. BOSTON (WHDH) - As protests against police brutality and systemic racism continue across the country, there’s a new push to defund the Boston Police Department.

Below is a chart showing how Boston’s spending ranks in comparison to other major cities: Walsh is seemingly onboard with the possibility of some big changes. #bospoli #mapoli, — Lydia Edwards (@LydiaMEdwards) July 8, 2020. Baker's new COVID-19 restrictions, Unemployment drops to 6.9% and US adds a solid 638,000 jobs, Ex-priest indicted on multiple counts of child molestation, Boston City Hall joins global movement to 'light the world in teal' for Alzheimer's Awareness Month, Raiders reportedly fined, docked pick for COVID violations, Major networks cut away from Trump’s baseless fraud claims, Trump hits election integrity as votes still being counted, Daily coronavirus cases in Mass. Campbell said she wants to know if the Walsh administration is committed to reducing overtime costs and whether it supports requiring police to undergo anti-racist and more robust use of force and de-escalation training. The initiative, sponsored by Councilors Bok, Campbell, and Matt O’Malley, centers on maintaining and expanding an overtime budget cut of $12 million within the $3.6 billion 2021 fiscal year operating budget proposed by Walsh and passed by the council, 8-5, after heated debate last month.

Proud to partner with @KenzieBok and @CampbellforD4 on this important order to provide oversight to the Boston Police overtime budget.

Amid calls for police reform, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh announced Friday that racism is a public health crisis in the city. Our office promotes the high quality delivery of services to Boston’s residents in a cost effective way., — Matt O'Malley (@MattOMalley) July 8, 2020. 2 armed men arrested near Philadelphia vote counting location, Wrong-way driver seriously injured in Fall River crash with truck, Watch: Charlie Baker's coronavirus update, What Republican politicians are saying about Trump's baseless claims of election fraud, ‘The second surge is here’: Leader of Mass. Site Here's where the reallocated funds will go, according to the proposed budget: Walsh also bolstered the Boston Public Health Commission's budget with a $13 million increase to $106 million in what the administration deems "especially vital," to maintain an effective coronavirus response. The money was reallocated into trauma and counseling services, mental health services, programs for minority- and women-owned businesses, housing support, and $3 million for strategies being taken on by the Public Health Commission in addressing racism as a public health crisis, among other efforts.

Calls for change continued in Cambridge where hundreds participated in a Black Lives Matter march. passed by the council, 8-5, after heated debate last month, Police overtime pay has increased by 84 percent or $35.5 million since 2011, a guaranteed minimum of four hours of overtime pay.

The proposal comes amid calls to defund police departments, a rallying cry for protesters who want funds to be diverted from law enforcement to social services to support communities impacted by systemic racism. Wu went on to argue that the budget, "doesn't go far enough," to create police accountability, fund public health and invest in housing stability, education equity and economic access, particularly for communities of color. “These contracts shape the conditions for the use of deadly force, which makes them public policy issues of the highest order,” she said. On Wednesday, Councilors Kenzie Bok, Andrea Campbell, and Lydia Edwards introduced a hearing order calling for discussion to examine Boston’s police contracts now up for renewal, which they say frame many of the policies and regulations that have stoked public discourse since the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, such as disciplinary actions and use of force protocols.

", THREAD: I’m voting No on the Mayor’s proposed budget tomorrow & want to be very clear what that means.

Here’s a breakdown of the debate. #bospoli. Watch live: President Trump delivering remarks from the White House, Republicans break with Trump over push to halt vote count, Mass.

Deaths Boston City Councilor Michelle Wu filed an order asking for data on police resources and said she’ll address the department’s spending at Wednesday’s City Council meeting, suggesting money could be spent elsewhere.

Also partnered w/ them on hearing order re: police contracts. According to the Boston Herald, the contract with the largest police union, the Boston Police Patrolmen’s Union, ended June 30, while contracts for the Boston Police Superior Officers Federation, the Boston Police Detectives Benevolent Society, and the Superior Detective Benevolent Society all expired on July 1. Campbell voted against it. Todd Bramwell, the president of Massachusetts Fraternal Order of Police, says funds should be used to help both police and the community.

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Coronavirus During a virtual meeting, councilors voted 8-5 in favor of passing the budget, The Boston Globe reported. Some epidemiologists say it goes too far. “We need to evaluate, are we bringing about safety, stability, health to our communities in the best way by putting funding where we are right now, or should we have a conversation about how we’re we falling short in funding public health and housing and some of these other social determinants of health?” Wu said.

The Boston City Council passed the $3.6 billion operating budget amid controversy. The FY20 Operating Budget covers day-to-day expenses for the City including people like teachers, police officers, firefighters and services like housing, recycling, and transportation.

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Bok, who chairs the Committee on Ways and Means, said there is potential for the city to save $20 million in overtime spending if officials hold the line on this year’s budget — a challenging endeavor as overtime expenses are allowed to, and frequently do, run over the allotted amount. “This is a time for both the administration and the police unions to prioritize changes that enhance police accountability and build public trust in policing,” councilors wrote in the hearing order. reach highest mark since spring. ; The $3.49 billion FY20 Operating Budget is balanced, sustainable, and accelerates progress across the City. Medical Society pleads with residents to follow COVID-19 measures, 15-year-old girl shot, injured in Boston late Thursday, The MBTA will begin cracking down on people who refuse to wear a mask, AP VoteCast: Trump wins white evangelicals, Catholics split, 'Tonight my home was a crime scene': Tito Jackson reflects after bullet strikes his Roxbury residence, Watch: Al Roker reveals he’s been diagnosed with prostate cancer on ‘Today’ show, 'We see him like an obese turtle on his back, flailing in the hot sun, realizing his time is over', Joe Biden takes lead in Pennsylvania, Georgia, Biden leads in Georgia, makes gains in Pennsylvania, as anxious nation awaits winner, Here's what readers think of Gov. The Boston City Council voted Wednesday to approve Mayor Marty Walsh's resubmitted budget, which reallocates $12 million from police department's overtime funds to social services.        Boston Helps. reports 23 new COVID-19 deaths, 1,761 new cases. The public may view the reports by going to, How to register your school/organization for closings and delays, Calls to defund the police have grown increasingly loud nationwide, 7WEATHER: Unseasonably Warm Air Sticks Around, Driver choking on food crossed I-495 median, struck multiple cars in Marlboro, New study finds most popular Thanksgiving side dish in Massachusetts, WATCH: Officers help rescue deer whose antlers got stuck in soccer net in Connecticut, Twitter permanently suspends Steve Bannon account after talk of beheading, Pioneering Black doll Baby Nancy enters Toy Hall of Fame. Here’s what to know.

       Resources Reforming and re-imagining the police must start with contracts.

All Rights Reserved. With budget in rearview, Boston city councilors turn to police … "We need to stop thinking about what is easy. “We really need to know that both the police department and the Office of Administration and Finance have a very proactive plan in handling the overtime overages,” she said. The FY21 Operating Budget covers day-to-day expenses for the City including people like teachers, police officers, firefighters and services like housing, recycling, and transportation.

The projected losses from the pandemic are more than double those from his original proposal in April.

The vote came after Wu made public a trove of documents that show the Boston Police Department spent more than $200,000 on military-style equipment, including sniper rifles and tasers, during the first five months of 2020, according to the Boston Globe.

Wu had vowed to vote against the budget on Twitter Tuesday, citing changes from the pre-pandemic budget that, "don’t represent the type of transformative investments that our community members, activists and residents have been reaching out for. Councilors are seeking to hold quarterly meetings in the coming year geared toward cutting costs.

All Rights Reserved. Some Boston city councilors see opportunity to push for the law enforcement accountability and transparency called for by residents and activists in recent weeks in upcoming contract negotiations between the city and police unions. BOSTON (WHDH) - As protests against police brutality and systemic racism continue across the country, there’s a new push to defund the Boston Police Department.

Some said the upcoming police contract negotiations would provide opportunity for changes in overtime policies, such as a guaranteed minimum of four hours of overtime pay for officers who are called back on duty after leaving work. 30% will go to all other city services, such as Police, Fire, and Public Works, and the Public Health Commission.