Officer.com: Boston Police Commissioner William Gross lambasted the ACLU in a private Facebook post after the organization filed a lawsuit over the police department’s gang database.
BOSTON — Boston Police Commissioner William Gross lambasted the ACLU in a private Facebook post after the organization filed a lawsuit over the police department’s gang database, according to the Boston Herald.
The newspaper reports Gross called the ACLU “paper warriors” who are not there when police officers are shot.
“No ACLU present when we have to explain to a mother that her son or daughter was horribly murdered by gang violence,” Gross wrote in the private Facebook post obtained by the Herald.
The ACLU of Massachusetts is suing the Boston Police Department for access to its gang database. The ACLU argues police are too secretive about how they track believed gang members, according to the organization’s lawsuit filed in Suffolk Superior Court.
Gross is named as a defendant in the lawsuit. The ACLU claims Boston Police is misusing a public records exemption an in attempt to keep key information about the tracking system private.
“Being labeled as a gang member can have catastrophic consequences for a young person’s life, including being targeted for surveillance and police stops, facing harsher outcomes in the criminal justice system, and for noncitizen youth-being detained and deported,” ACLU lawyers wrote in the suit. “Yet, under BPD rules, police can place children in its ‘Gang Assessment Database’ and label them as “active” gang members based on nothing more than the clothing they are seen in and the classmates they are seen with.”
The ACLU contends the database results in people of color being racially profiled. MORE HERE