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Tom Nolan

Tom Nolan was a city of Boston, Massachusetts police officer for 27 years, his last 10 years as a uniformed lieutenant and shift commander in the patrol division. Nolan has been an Associate Professor in Criminology and Criminal Justice at Boston University, the State University of New York at Plattsburgh, Merrimack College, and Emmanuel College. He was a Senior Policy Advisor at the Department of Homeland Security's Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties in Washington DC and is the author of Perilous Policing: Criminal Justice in Marginalized Communities.

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NPR/WGBH, July 2, 2024. Lead investigator in Karen Read case relieved of duties following vulgar texts


The Boston Globe, June 17, 2024. Is Governor Healey up for fixing the State Police?

The Boston Globe, June 12, 2024. Crude and sexist State Police investigator compromises Karen Read trial

NBC 10 Boston, June 11, 2024. State trooper's texts 'extremely damaging' to case against Karen Read, analysts say

NPR KQED, June 6, 2024. California Schools' Police Calls Shed Light on Student Safety Concerns

The Boston Globe, May 26, 2024. At Harvard, a confrontation during a protest erupts in political controversy — and lands in court

CommonWealth Beacon, May 22, 2024. After years of scandals, have the State Police turned a corner?

CBS News, May 1, 2024. Bodycam video shows man point gun at Raynham police officers

The Boston Globe, April 11, 2024. State Police left decades’ worth of confidential case files at old Fernald school in Waltham

The Boston Globe, March 27, 2024. Pursuit of the Lewiston shooter proved to be a case study in how not to prevent a mass shooting

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, February 1, 2024. Tensions high as attorney shows video of Jim Rogers’ interactions with Pittsburgh police to public


The Boston Globe, November 7, 2023. More questions than answers in handling of Danilecki case

WKAX3 (Burlington, VT), October 26, 2023. BPD chief avoids sanctions over ER strongarm tactics

WKRG News5, Mobile, Alabama, October 18, 2023. Criminal justice experts weigh in on Mobile Police’s use of force

The Mercury News, October, 8, 2023. When San Jose police confront people in mental crisis, why—so often—do they end up hurting them? 

WBUR/NPR, October 6, 2023. Years of alleged abuses by Fall River cop reveal limits of internal police investigations, July 5, 2023. The wave of mass shootings over the Fourth of July highlights the challenges police face

San Francisco Chronicle, May 15, 2023. Banko Brown case: Experts weigh in on D.A.’s decision not to file charges in Walgreens shooting

The Boston Globe, April 7, 2023. More Boston police have been leaving the job since 2020, many joining the Fire Department


Axios Boston, March 13, 2023. Report: Troopers left day jobs for overtime pay

The Boston Globe, March 11, 2023. Boston’s police watchdog should be doing more

The Boston Globe, March 1, 2023. An alleged drug trafficker, a detective trying to take him down, and the woman caught in the middle

The Christian Science Monitor, February 21, 2023. Michael Cox was beaten by Boston police. Now he leads them

The Sacramento Bee, February 19, 2023. A Matter of Safety: Rook would protect Sacramento cops, police say. City leaders' OK reignites 'militarization' debate  

The Boston Globe, February 3, 2023. Where is Reina Carolina Morales Rojas?

San Francisco Chronicle, January 27, 2023. 

Paul Pelosi video: Watch dramatic police body-cam footage of attack

The Boston Globe, January 14, 2023Michelle Wu promised ‘significant reform’ to police union contracts. Now comes the hard part

NPR/WBUR "Last Seen" Podcast, December 20, 2022. A family's peace: An unsolved murder in Boston's Haitian community (Australia and South Pacific), October 3, 2022. "Cloak and Dagger Policing"

Diaz Ortiz v. Garland, January 10, 2022, First Circuit Court of Appeals decision citing my testimony on the Boston police "Gang Database"

WBUR/NPR, September 9, 2022. Documentary explores Waltham slayings' ties to marathon bombing

The Boston Globe, September 7, 2022. The sad case of the Suffolk DA

Hulu, September 2022. The Murders Before the Marathon

GBH/NPR, July 20, 2022. How Mayor Wu chose Boston’s new police commissioner

The Boston Globe, July 16, 2022. Mayor Wu aims to strike a balance of insider experience, outsider perspective with new police and schools leaders

WBUR/NPR, July 14, 2022. New Boston police commissioner says he wants to improve communication

The Boston Globe, July 13, 2022. Boston’s new police commissioner, brutalized by colleagues three decades ago, is exactly the leader the BPD needs right now

The Boston Globe, July 13, 2022. Some Boston police officers have worked day-long shifts this summer, union says

WGBH/NPR, July 8, 2022. 'An intelligence failure of significant proportions' preceded white supremacists' march in Boston, city leaders say

Newsy, February 23, 2022. No-Knock Warrants Are Still Happening, Even After Multiple Deaths​

The Conversation, February 10, 2022. No-knock warrants, a relic of the ‘war on drugs,’ face renewed criticism after Minneapolis death

The Boston Globe, February 5, 2022 30 minutes in Roslindale: Boston Mayor Michelle Wu’s block has taken center stage in one of the city’s ugliest political dramas

The San Francisco Chronicle, January 21, 2022 Man killed at SFO was carrying two air-soft guns. Why wasn't hat Reported Sooner?, January 19, 2022 D.C.'s gang database highlights unconstitutional systems nationwide

The Boston Globe, January 5, 2022 Probe into off-duty Boston police presence at last year’s Jan. 6 insurrection is ongoing

The Boston Globe, December 18, 2021 ‘They were willing to let me die in there.’ The sins of Boston police past are leading to overturned convictions and prison releases

The San Francisco Chronicle, November 24, 2021 Experts Baffled by Video that showing S.F. police apparently watching as burglary unfolds

The Harvard Crimson, November 11, 2021 The State of Surveillance in Boston Public Schools

NBC News, July 1, 2021. Local NAACP leaders' news briefings with police prompt criticism, June 22, 2021 Police officers are trained to frame their police reports to deceive, former cop turned academic says

RFI, the French news and current affairs public radio station, May 21, 2021. Interview on the proposed George Floyd Act and its implications for policing in the United States (at 8:45).

Independent UK, April 21, 2021. I was a Boston police officer for 27 years. I know how Derek Chauvin became a murderer

ABC News (Australia), January 13, 2021 Interview in the aftermath of the riots at the U.S. Capitol

The Conversation, January 8, 2021 "The uncomfortable questions facing Capitol Police over the security breach by MAGA mob"

ABC News Radio, November 25, 2020 'Defund the police' movement six months after killing of George Floyd

Business Insider, July 25, 2020 Three cops watched a fellow officer slowly kill George Floyd. Here's why so many officers don't intervene

Voice of America News, June 13, 2020 Why American Police Officers Look Like Soldiers

ZEIT ONLINE (German Language), June 11, 2020. Police Unions in the Unites States

RTS (Swiss Public Radio), June 10, 2020. The Militarized Police Response to Protests in the United States

Voice of America (Russian Language), June 9, 2020. Reform or Dissolve the Police?

The Conversation, June 2, 2020. Militarization has fostered a policing culture that sets up protesters as ‘the enemy’

ABC News Australia, June 2, 2020. What is America's National Guard, and why does Donald Trump want them to break up the George Floyd protests?

ABC News Australia, June 2, 2020. Police Violence in the United States

RN Breakfast Show, ABC News Australia, June 1, 2020. Murder of George Floyd exposes cracks in US police system

United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, Diaz Ortiz v. Barr, May 15, 2020. On Boston Police Gang Databases

Unfair Nation Podcast, March 22, 2020 Crime Is Where the Police Are

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