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More than 100 Massachusetts police departments have or have promised the state to start a body camera program. The Pittsfield Police Department is playing catch-up. We look into how other departments are using the technology and answering handling the legal concerns cited by Pittsfield police.
An internal investigation by Pittsfield police finds that the officer who shot and killed city resident Miguel Estrella on March 25 followed “use of force guidelines” and that Estrella posed an immediate threat as he came at an officer “at a fast pace” with a raised knife.
The Pittsfield police investigation into the fatal shooting of Miguel Estrella is expected to be completed by the end of April, when police will share it with the Berkshire District Attorney's office.
Questions and comments from city residents to the members of the Pittsfield Police Advisory and Review Board made clear that in the killing of Miguel Estrella, the community sees not a singular case but a systemic failure in the Pittsfield Police Department's engagement with the community.
Friends and relatives of the Pittsfield man killed by police two weeks ago want the city to improve how it responds to people in a mental health crisis, in part by shifting resources from the Pittsfield Police Department. They are also calling on the department to release the names of the two officers who responded to a second call at the home of Miguel Estrella, when he was shot and killed.
Friends and co-workers of Miguel Estrella, 22, are mourning his loss in a fatal Pittsfield police shooting Friday — and questioning why officers resorted to lethal force.
A 22-year-old man who advanced on Pittsfield police officers with a knife was fatally shot Friday night on Onota Street after attempts to subdue him failed.
The Hub coalition, modeled after the Chelsea Hub and its Canadian predecessor, brings together more than 20 community organizations every two weeks, around a table, to discuss how to support Pittsfield residents or community members living in "acute elevated risk" — or situations where there is a risk of imminent harm.
Berkshire Immigrant Center staff say that state laws, and the lack of public transportation options, force undocumented immigrants to drive unlicensed or miss out on basic needs. Massachusetts would join Connecticut, New York, Vermont and 13 other states in allowing residents to apply for a license ,regardless of immigration status, under a bill co-authored by state Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier, D-Pittsfield.
The Massachusetts House appears set to vote next week on a proposal to allow residents to seek driver’s licenses without being required to demonstrate legal immigration status. State Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier first introduced that proposal in 2013.