Tom Nolan was a city of Boston, Massachusetts police officer for 27 years. During Tom’s career at the BPD, he worked uniformed patrol for 10 years, including a stint in the department’s elite Mobile Operations Patrol (motorcycle/SWAT) unit. In 1988 Tom was promoted to sergeant, sergeant-detective in 1990, and lieutenant in 1995. As a sergeant and sergeant-detective, Nolan worked in the Anti-Gang Violence Unit (now Youth Violence Strike Force) and the Anti-Corruption Division of the Bureau of Internal Investigations—he spent his last 10 years as a uniformed lieutenant and shift commander in the patrol division.
Diaz Ortiz v. Garland, January 10, 2022, First Circuit Court of Appeals decision citing my testimony on the Boston police "Gang Database"
WGBH/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
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 San Francisco Chronicle, January 21, 2022 Man killed at SFO was carrying two air-soft guns. Why wasn't hat Reported Sooner?
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
Insider.com, 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"
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