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City Politics

City Manager’s Absence Sparks Controversy at Cambridge Public Safety Hearing

The Cambridge Public Safety Committee convened a public hearing Wednesday afternoon to address matters related to emergency response alternatives in Cambridge — though some city officials received criticism for not arriving on the scene themselves.


CPD Commissioner Says Department Priorities Have ‘Shifted’ Following Police Killing of Sayed Faisal

Cambridge Police Commissioner Christine A. Elow said the January police killing of Sayed Faisal has “shifted” her priorities going forward in her first interview with the Crimson since Faisal’s death.

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Cambridge City Council

Cambridge City Council Candidates Push Public Safety, Policing Reforms Ahead of Tuesday’s Election

As Cambridge voters head to the polls Tuesday, policing and public safety remain top of mind for voters and candidates alike. Cambridge politics have been dominated by the issue of public safety ever since Cambridge police shot and killed 20-year-old Sayed Faisal in January.

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At Sunday Vigil, More Than 1,000 Mourn Victims of Hamas Attacks, Stand in Solidarity with Israel

More than 1,000 people gathered by the steps of Widener Library Sunday evening for a vigil to stand in solidarity with Israel and mourn the civilian deaths of the Oct. 7 invasion by Islamist militant group Hamas.

Justice for Faisal Protest at City Hall
Cambridge Police

After Findings Released in Sayed Faisal Inquiry, Protesters Demand Dismissal of Officer Who Fatally Shot Him

More than 60 protesters gathered at Cambridge City Hall Wednesday just days after a state judge ruled the actions of Liam McMahon, the Cambridge Police Department officer who shot and killed 20-year-old Sayed Faisal, were “objectively reasonable.”

Sayed Faisal Protest and Police Motorcycle
Cambridge Police

Cambridge Police Officer Who Fatally Shot Sayed Faisal Will Not Be Prosecuted Following Inquest

The Cambridge Police officer who shot and killed 20-year-old Sayed Faisal in January will not be prosecuted after a Massachusetts judge found his actions to be “objectively reasonable.”

SEAS classes

Southeast Asian Studies Scrut Cover

Millions of Missing People: Seeking Southeast Asian Studies at Harvard

Faculty and students have long vocalized the need for an institutional home for Southeast Asian studies. What’s at stake goes beyond just an administrative formality. At stake is the recognition that historically neglected regions are worthy of study, and ultimately, the question of who belongs at a place like Harvard.

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Cambridge Police Disproportionately Arresting Black People at Highest Rate in 13 Years, New Database Shows

More than 50 percent of arrests made by the Cambridge Police Department in the first half of 2023 were of Black people — the highest proportion in at least 13 years, a newly released data set by the city reveals.

Harvard Square Faisal
Harvard Square

Eight Months On, Protesters Renew Calls of ‘Justice for Faisal’ at Harvard Square Rally

Dozens of protesters rallied in Harvard Square Sunday to renew calls for increased transparency from Cambridge officials on the January police killing of 20-year-old Sayed Faisal by a Cambridge Police officer.

Sayed Faisal Picketing

Officer Who Fatally Shot Sayed Faisal Could Have Been ‘Legally and Ethically’ Named, External Review Finds

The name of the Cambridge Police Department officer who shot and killed local 20-year-old student Sayed Faisal on Jan 4. could have been revealed without legal consequences, a July report suggests.

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Harvard University Police Leads Massachusetts College Campus Police Forces in Sustained Complaints, Ranks Fifth Statewide in Database

The Harvard University Police Department had the fifth-most “sustained complaints” of 273 Massachusetts law enforcement agencies, according to a newly released state database of police disciplinary records over nearly 40 years.

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A ‘Huge Blow’: Harvard Faculty Dismayed With Affirmative Action Ruling

Several Harvard faculty members said they were disappointed — though not surprised — in the hours following the Supreme Court’s Thursday decision to dramatically restrict affirmative action.

Pride Celebration 2022

Pride Marches Back Through Boston After Tumultuous Hiatus

For the first time since 2019, Boston hosted its annual Pride parade, organized by Boston Pride for the People — a newly formed LGBTQ+ group.

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Black Individuals Made Up Half of Harvard Campus Police Arrests in 2022, According to New Data

Black individuals accounted for more than 50 percent of arrests made by the Harvard University Police Department in 2022, according to new data released last Thursday to its data dashboard.