Boston Fusion Center Urged to Cease Intrusive Surveillance

The Boston Police Department (BPD) and a regional fusion center known as BRIC, reportedly surveilled citizens and groups engaged in First Amendment protected activity, and subsequently created criminal intelligence reports on these political groups and leaders. TCP wrote to Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis to urge BPD and BRIC to end these intrusive surveillance practices and create comprehensive policies that provided for accountability, transparency, and respect for constitutional liberties. These recommendations were based on TCP’s recent report, Recommendations for Fusion Centers: Preserving Privacy and Civil Liberties While Protecting Against Crime and Terrorism.  Some of the recommendations made by TCP mirrored earlier calls for reform from the ACLU of Massachusetts and National Lawyers Guild of Massachusetts.

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