Category: Shea Cronin

Despite drop in crime, some neighborhoods still feel besieged

Boston Globe quoting Shea Cronin, Metropolitan College “In the South End, 52-year-old John Chambers is as comfortable walking through Villa Victoria, a housing project once plagued by gang violence, as he is at Flour, a neighborhood bakery serving brioche au chocolat and croissants…” Expert quote: ““I think [police] can always continue to expand on the […]

Little change on race in Boston police stops

Associated Press Shea Cronin, Metropolitan College The rate at which minorities are subjected to stops, searches and frisks by police doesn’t appear to be improving in Boston in the year since the department claimed it was narrowing racial disparities in their tactics… Expert quote: “But Shea Cronin, a criminal justice professor at Boston University, who is […]

‘Reasonable suspicion’ defined: Black men who run from police can’t be assumed guilty

Christian Science Monitor Shea Cronin, Metropolitan College Massachusetts’s highest court ruled that black men who flee voluntary encounters with police shouldn’t be looked at with greater suspicion than those who comply with consensual stops, as they may have a legitimate reason based in fear to do so… Expert quote: “The courts seem to be consistently […]

In Dallas’s wake, fear among local officers

Boston Globe (subscription required) Shea Cronin, Metropolitan College Eating lunch in uniform at his favorite spot on Friday, Chelsea police Officer Sammy Mojica sat facing the door… Expert quote: “This is an incredibly challenging time in law enforcement. Relationships with communities of color have been frayed for a long time. Law enforcement has always operated […]

AP Finds Boston Police Inflate Progress on Searches, Frisks

Associated Press Shea Cronin, Metropolitan College Boston police say they’re narrowing the gap between how often black residents are subjected to stops, searches and frisks as compared with whites and other ethnic groups… Expert quote: “The percentages speak for themselves. It’s gone down a little and it seems to be moving in the right direction, […]

Shift In Cambridge Policing Stems From 2009 Arrest Of Henry Louis Gates

WGBH News Shea Cronin, Metropolitan College As Officer Mike Daniliuk heads towards the basketball court at the Frisoli Youth Center, he greets several black teens with a friendly handclasp-turned-shoulder bump… Expert quote: “There’s been studies that have shown that when law enforcement officers engage in procedurally just practice, people are more likely to obey the […]