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An SUV is parked on the street in front of a brick building with "Pittsfield Police" on its doors
Josh Landes / WAMC

The Pittsfield, Massachusetts Police Advisory and Review Board held its monthly meeting virtually on Tuesday.

The Black Lives Matter flag flies in front of Burlington City Hall
Pat Bradley/WAMC

There are four charter changes proposed for the Town Meeting Day ballot that Burlington city councilors had to approve at this week’s meeting in order for the measures to advance to a public hearing process before being voted on March 2.

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The City Of Pittsfield, Massachusetts

The Pittsfield, Massachusetts Police Advisory and Review Board presented its first annual report this week.

State Senator Adam Hinds holds a microphone at an outdoor event.
Becki Joppru Connolly

Early Tuesday morning, the Massachusetts State Senate passed a sweeping new police oversight bill after hours of debate. The American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts applauds the measure, while the state’s largest police union has criticized one of its key elements. Republican Governor Charlie Baker has also proposed his own police oversight bill, which remains in committee. WAMC spoke with Democratic State Senator Adam Hinds of the Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin and Hampden district about the legislation’s reforms, and why rolling back legal protections for police officers prompted the session to run over 17 hours.

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The City of Pittsfield, Massachusetts

The Pittsfield, Massachusetts Police Advisory and Review Board will attempt to clarify its function at its meeting next week.

The Pittsfield city seal
The City of Pittsfield, Massachusetts

Pittsfield has appointed its new Police Advisory and Review Board.

A Pittsfield City Council subcommittee has approved a new draft of an attempt to reboot a citizens’ police advisory board.

The administration of Pittsfield, Massachusetts Mayor Linda Tyer fielded criticism about police oversight at Tuesday night’s city council meeting.