Saturday links (5/17/14)

Much of what we know about the Boston Marathon bombing has been through leaks by the government. Boston Marathon bombing hero and peace activist Carlos Arredondo gets a settlement for an undisclosed amount of money in his brutality lawsuit against four Boston police officers.

An appeals court tells the Worcester Police Department, for the second time, that they must re-hire a police officer who was accused of threatening three teenagers with a firearm, showing how hard it can be for police departments to fire bad cops. The Worcester police must either re-hire the officer, work out some sort of settlement, or appeal to the Supreme Judicial Court.

There have been several police shootings in Massachusetts over the past few days:

  • On Thursday, a man was fatally shot by Salisury police after stabbing two people and attacking police with a machete.
  • In a suspicious shooting on Thursday, a Holyoke police officer shot into an SUV during a traffic stop, but did not hit the driver or his passenger. The police would not say why the officer shot into the vehicle, but they did say that they did not find any weapons in the vehicle. The driver was arrested for driving with a suspended license while the passenger was not arrested. So far, there do not appear to be allegations that the driver or passenger attacked the police or did anything to warrant the shooting. The driver said police shot at him for no reason and has denied the charge against him. Police have claimed that the man is a gang member, which he also denies.
  • On Friday, a man was shot and injured by Weymouth police after allegedly attacking them with a knife during a domestic dispute.

How the Fourth Amendment grew from a showdown in Boston's North End.

Feel good video of the day: People spontaneously come to the aid of a woman who fell on the tracks at an MBTA station.

For the first time, a judge has ordered the government to stop force-feeding a prisoner at the Guantanamo Bay prison.