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Activists Rally After Boston Stop-and-Frisk Report Released

Protesters demanded Boston Police stop what they call racially biased practices

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    Activists Rally After Report Released

    Protesters demanded Boston Police stop what they call racially biased practices. (Published Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014)

    A crowd of people rally in front of the Boston Police headquarters Thursday night, demanding that police stop what they call racially biased stop, frisk and search practices.

    Some who came out even say their children were killed by Boston Police.

    "I'm here because a lot of my brothers and sisters have been discriminated against," one person said.

    The rally comes just one day after the American Civil Liberties Union released a report saying Boston officers are more likely to stop black people, and that blacks are subjected to 63 percent of police encounters even through they make up just 24 percent of Boston's population.

    "Black and brown people, especially young men feel like they're being stopped for absolutely no reason," Miriam Mack, of the Massachusetts ACLU said

    The numbers come from an independent report commissioned by the Boston Police Dept. back in 2010.

    Police say from the beginning they included the ACLU in the report process.

    Boston Police, including the chief, were at Thursday's rally.

    They admit there is some racial disparity in the numbers, but that the ACLU's report is skewed, and also doesn't take into account new training.

    "We're not hiding behind, or from any disparity in any report. In fact, we do have great relationships with the community, the black clergy, and the black elected officials," Boston Police Superintendent-in-Chief William Gross said.

    Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said the report goes from 2007 to 2010, so it "doesn't really give us an accurate picture of what's happening today in the City of Boston."

    The chief also says the ACLU did not act in good faith and that the two groups were in talks to release the numbers together this week.

    The chief says the ACLU claimed they weren't prepared to talk to the media, but then sent out the report anyway, which has him questioning their motives.

    "We have the NAACP, Urban League, black elected officials, and black clergy that can call me or the commissioner anytime. They're in tune with the youth, let's listen to their side," Chief Gross said.

    Thursday's event ended with a caravan of rallies headed to Ferguson, Missouri, to show solidarity with the community there.  

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