medfordguy saidI'm personally aware of incidents with police in a neighboring city where there were out-right lies on a police report where the officer was covering his ass.
As it stands now, the Cambridge police still have a mess on their hands. I wonder if their contract negotiations are coming up soon? This will certainly be held against them.
Exactly as I wrote above, having been in military law enforcement, and working in conjunction with civilian police departments. I always had to keep a wary eye on my own MPs, who'd get a maverick attitude and start abusing their authority. I assume it to be a human weakness, and more endemic to those attracted to law enforcement in the first place.
Harvard is a very big presence in Cambridge, a massive employer and source of community income you don't want to offend. My partner is from that area originally, and was on campus for a time. He still loves to speak with a Hahr-vud comic accent at times (though his regular accent is Bostonian anyway, funny enough for me -- hope he doesn't read this!)
A paste from Harvard's web site (my emphasis added):
"With an annual operating budget of approximately $2.4 billion
, Harvard University has a considerable impact on the local economy. Harvard is one of the largest employers in Massachusetts
and in its host communities, Cambridge
and Boston. More than 15,000 people work at Harvard
, including more than 2,000 faculty, as well as casual workers and 12,000 staff on the University's regular payroll." That doesn't include what thousands of well-heeled students spend locally, either.
If the President of Harvard and the Regents make their displeasure known about the police actions I think there'll be at least some shake-up. The Mayor of Cambridge doesn't want to lose his honored invites to the President's receptions and other functions, nor have to listen to rehashes of this whole mess. There'll be lots of pressure to "solve the problem."
The more important question is what happens when this goes on elsewhere that's not Harvard? We don't have a solution for that.