A Cambridge Police car sits parked in front of the Robert W. Healy Public Safety Facility. Photo by Jina H. Choe | The Harvard Crimson
A Cambridge Police car sits parked in front of the Robert W. Healy Public Safety Facility. Photo by Jina H. Choe | The Harvard Crimson

‘Alternative Measures’: How Cambridge Has Tried to Reimagine Policing

The police killing of Sayed Faisal has sparked police reforms and fueled efforts to launch unarmed policing alternatives.


Content warning: This article contains references to policing and police violence.

Only three years after the nation was rocked by the police killing of George Floyd, Faisal’s killing catalyzed a resurgence of anti-police protests in Cambridge as activists demanded department transparency, institutional reforms, and policing alternatives.

In response, CPD committed to a slate of reforms. In the last month, the department announced plans for a co-responder program, promised body cameras by next fiscal year, and continues to institute less-lethal tactics into its policing. Read more…


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