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Minority officers challenge candidates on Davis’s status

A leading organization of minority law enforcement officers vowed Wednesday to “vigorously oppose” any Boston mayoral candidate planning to keep Edward F. Davis as Boston police commissioner — creating a dilemma for candidates who have previously lauded Davis, one of the city’s most popular figures.

Just over a month ago, mayoral candidates praised Davis’s leadership for his handling of the Marathon bombings, with half of the candidates promising to keep Davis should they ascend to mayor. But as allegations resurface about a pervasive lack of diversity and unequal standards of justice within the department, those same candidates now find themselves in the crosshairs of the Massachusetts Association of Minority Law Enforcement, known by the acronym MAMLEO.

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