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The Incredible Shrinking Police Complaint Database

The Incredible Shrinking Police Complaint Database

What’s missing from the Massachusetts POST Commission’s new police disciplinary database — and the frustrating fight to get it released
Northampton police violently arrest a 60-year-old woman during a traffic stop for a broken headlight. (Credit: The Shoestring)

“If you walk away from this podcast knowing anything at all, it’s that POST isn’t giving you everything that’s out there and the [police] departments don’t want you to have it. And you can take that information and do what you will with it, but that is the story, and that is the takeaway that I’m taking from this. This jaded me. This whole process has jaded me, has radicalized me in a way that I never anticipated. … It’s been a disgusting display of secrecy.” — Jeff Raymond

For the fifth episode of Lights Out Mass, we discuss the Massachusetts Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Commission’s new statewide database of complaints against police officers, how the commission left out most of the data, and cohost Jeff Raymond’s tireless efforts to release the full data using the state public records law.

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The Mass Dump
Lights Out Mass
A podcast about government transparency — or the lack thereof — in Massachusetts. Hosted by Andrew Quemere and Jeff Raymond.