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Boston Police Officers Build Custom Kitty Condo for Unofficial Mascot

Photo: Boston Police

Photo: Boston Police

Boston police officers in the Roxbury neighborhood have had an unofficial "mascot" for the past three years - a stray calico cat that they named "SWAT Cat."

The cat apparently has been visiting their police station for several years; however, he recently went missing for a few months.

Officers decided to provide "SWAT Cat" with a more suitable home and built him a kitty condo complete with glass sliding-doors and a deck. 

"SWAT cat" immediately moved into his new home and hopefully won't stray too far again.

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Suspect Arrested in Attempted Bombing of Boston Police Vehicle

A homeless man suspected of placing a burning propane tank next to a Boston police vehicle last week has been arrested. 

Asim Kieta, 42, was taken into custody on Saturday evening although a motive for the incident has not yet been discerned. 

Police Commissioner William Evans said of the event, "I think it goes to some of the hatred out there, whether it is because of what has happened across the country, or whether this was personal with him, because he has had some encounters with police."

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Officers Assaulted at Boston-area Chuck E. Cheese

Photo: via NECN.com

Photo: via NECN.com

Five adults were arrested on Saturday after attacking officers at a Boston-area Chuck E. Cheese restaurant.

The officers had been dispatched to the Everett, MA restaurant over complaints that the individuals in question had been drinking alcohol.

After officers arrested one of the disorderly patrons the others allegedly began to attack the officers.

Ultimately, five adults were taken into custody on charges ranging from disorderly conduct to assault and battery on an officer.

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Accused Boston Police Shooter Wanted to "Revolutionize Policing," Per Reports

Kirk Figueroa;  Photo: via NBCNews.com

Kirk Figueroa; Photo: via NBCNews.com

The man responsible for critically injuring two Boston police officers on Wednesday allegedly sought to "revolutionize policing."

This was among the many disturbing revelations that have emerged following the shooting incident that left the two officers injured and the suspect dead.

Kirk Figueroa, 33, apparently ambushed officers after they responded to his apartment over a disturbance call. Figueroa was subsequently shot and killed by other responding officers.

Figueroa's roommate has since told local reporters that his roommate often claimed to be a police officer and once even imagined being shot by police.

His roommate also described Figueroa as being a very secretive person who kept drapes over his windows and his doors always locked.

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Two Boston Police Officers Critical After Wednesday Shooting

Two Boson police officers were critically injured in a shootout with a suspect armed with an rifle Wednesday night. The suspect was killed in the incident.

The suspect, identified as Kirk Figueroa, 33, allegedly opened fire on officers as they responded to a call of a man with a gun.

Two officers, one a 28-year veteran and the other a 12-year veteran, were critically injured in the shooting before Figueroa was shot and killed.

The officers' conditions were described as "extremely critical."

Police Commissioner William Evans commended the officers swift actions in ending the threat. "I commend the officers. They moved in and neutralized the threat pretty quick (so) that no one else got killed," Evans said.

In total, 9 officers were treated for minor injuries or stress related to the event.

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Mass. Supreme Court Says Black Men May Be Justified in Fleeing From Police

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled earlier this week that just because a person flees from police that does not constitute a presumption of guilt. In particular, the court stated that black men who fled from police had a particular reason to fear being unfairly targeted by law enforcement.

The case referenced the December 18, 2011 arrest of Jimmy Warren. Warren was stopped by a Boston police officer who was investigating a robbery. Warren fled on foot but was later captured and charged with possession of an unregistered handgun.

The court cited the lack of specific information tying Warren to the earlier robbery and then issued the following statement regarding his flight:

We do not eliminate flight as a factor in the reasonable suspicion analysis whenever a black male is the subject of an investigatory stop. However, in such circumstances, flight is not necessarily probative of a suspect’s state of mind or consciousness of guilt. Rather, the finding that black males in Boston are disproportionately and repeatedly targeted for FIO [Field Interrogation and Observation] encounters suggests a reason for flight totally unrelated to consciousness of guilt. Such an individual, when approached by the police, might just as easily be motivated by the desire to avoid the recurring indignity of being racially profiled as by the desire to hide criminal activity. Given this reality for black males in the city of Boston, a judge should, in appropriate cases, consider the report’s findings in weighing flight as a factor in the reasonable suspicion calculus.”
— Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court

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Boston Cops Step Up, Pay For Surgery For Dog That Took Bullet For Owner

Fellony;  Photo: via bostonherald.com

Fellony; Photo: via bostonherald.com

Boston police officers went above and beyond the call of duty this past week as the officers stepped up and helped save an injured dog that had taken a bullet for his owner.

The 10-month old, 90-pound dog named Fellony had apparently been in front of his owner when shots rang out on Wednesday.

Fellony ended up being shot in the incident, likely saving his owner from a similar fate.

When officers arrived on scene, they immediately helped drive Fellony and his owner to a local veterinarian for treatment.

After learning that the owner lacked the funds to pay for the surgery that Fellony needed, Officers David Lanteigne and Brian Smith, along with Sergeant Tommy Brooks, opened up their own wallets to pay for the treatment.

Officer Lanteigne said of the event, “It’s just a natural human response to somebody in need and help them out with their family, and dogs are family, and I don’t think they get the credit they deserve sometimes. The way that I look at it, that dog put himself in front of his owner and took a bullet for him.”

The grateful owner was shocked when he learned that the officers were going to pay for the treatment out of their own pockets. 

Thus far, the costs to treat Fellony have amounted to $2,500 and could possibly climb higher; however, the hero cops have said they are willing to put even more money down to make sure Fellony gets the treatment he needs.

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Huge Police Presence Expected for Upcoming Boston Marathon

Three years after two Islamist-inspired brothers detonated a bomb near the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon, area law enforcement officials are taking extreme precautions in preparations for the upcoming April 18 race. 

In 2013, three people died and hundreds others were injured in the shocking act of terror that inspired a several days manhunt for the perpetrators.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev would be killed in the subsequent manhunt and his brother, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, would be taken into custody. 

This year, nearly 5,000 Boston-area law enforcement officers will line the 26.2 mile race route in a tremendous show of force, hoping to prevent any potential violence. Drones will also be prohibited in the area.

Local officials are optimistic and no credible threats have been reported.

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Boston Cop Shot During Car Stop, Suspect Captured

A plain-clothes Boston police officer was shot and wounded after conducting a vehicle stop in the Dorchester neighborhood on Friday. 

The suspect, identified as 27-year old Grant Headley, opened fire on the officer after his vehicle was pulled over. The officer, injured in the leg and severely bleeding, used a department-issued tourniquet to stop the bleeding. 

Headley fled on foot but was apprehended a short time later. He is well known to local law enforcement and has a lengthy rap sheet.

The officer was transported to a local hospital with serious injuries but is expected to survive. 

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Boston Cop Punched in Unprovoked Attack Caught on Tape

A Boston police officer was assaulted in the early morning hours of New Years Day in an unprovoked attack caught on tape.

On the video it appears as though the officer is seated in his patrol vehicle when suspect Andrew Bowman, 23, walks up to the driver side window and begins punching the officer multiple times.

Before punching the officer, Bowman reportedly stated, “You heard about the war, right?”

Bowman fled on foot but was soon apprehended by police. After being taken into custody it was reported that he stated, “You are all doomed, and you're going to die. They told me to do this.”

The officer suffered non-life-threatening injuries and is expected to recover.

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