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Yvonne Abraham

Commanding failure in the BPD

The Boston Police Department has a serious, embarrassing lack of diversity in its upper ranks. But the mess that is its cockamamie promotions system goes way beyond race.

The department’s long, lousy record on advancing minorities burst into view again last week when MAMLEO, the minority officers’ association, criticized Commissioner Ed Davis for promoting five officers — all of them white — and passing over candidates of color who got equal scores on the civil service exam. MAMLEO had raised objections immediately after the promotions, and within hours, Davis had ordered the promotion of two more officers — both black — who had been slated for the next round of advancements.

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