POLICE

A painting of Trayvon Martin by Imo Nse Imeh at Westfield State University.
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An art professor just spent four days publicly painting a six-foot-tall portrait of Trayvon Martin, the black teen whose murder in 2012 polarized the country and ignited a debate on racial profiling and civil rights.  

More than three months after President Trump declared the nation's opioid crisis a public health emergency, activists and health care providers say they're still waiting for some other action.

The Trump administration quietly renewed the declaration recently. But it has given no signs it's developing a comprehensive strategy to address an epidemic that claims more than 115 lives every day. The president now says that to combat opioids, he's focused on enforcement, not treatment.

The police station in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
Adam Frenier / NEPR

A Pittsfield police officer who fatally shot a man during a call last year will not face criminal charges. 

A Hadley, Massachusetts, police car.
file photo / Masslive

A grand jury has indicted a Hadley, Massachusetts, policeman after the U.S. Department of Justice accused him of using excessive force when he broke a man's nose.

Boston Public Schools is coming under fire from immigration advocates over concerns about the sharing of student information with federal immigration officials.

A rifle with a bump stock, which will soon be illegal to own in Massachusetts.
WASR / Creative Commons

Under a new law, Massachusetts gun owners have until Wednesday, Jan. 31 to relinquish bump stocks, which allow rifles to be fired more rapidly.

Springfield, Massachusetts, police on the scene of a shooting on Baldwin Street in September 2017. Officers look on the ground for evidence.
Patrick Johnson / The Republican / MassLive.com/photos

The eight biggest cities in New England saw the total number of murders last year jump more than 20 percent from the year before. But city to city, the statistics represent a mixed bag that some law enforcement officials said reflects little more than the randomness of murder and death.

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Police in Springfield, Massachusetts, say they will enforce state law when it comes to legalized marijuana, unless they receive additional guidance from top state officials. At the same time, police spokesman Ryan Walsh said the department will cooperate with any federal investigations.  

Updated at 2:30 a.m. ET Tuesday

A protester shot and killed an Iranian policeman on Monday, marking the first death among the security forces amid ongoing anti-government demonstrations, according to the police and media reports.

Massachusetts State Police will set up sobriety checkpoints during the New Year's holiday weekend.
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With New Year's weekend approaching, State Police in Massachusetts said they will be on the look out for drunk drivers.  

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