Black Clergy Members Demand Reinstatement For New BPD Commissioner

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — The City of Boston and Mayor Marty Walsh are being criticized for how they are handling the investigation into new Boston Police Commissioner Dennis White.

Just days after being sworn-in, White was placed on administrative leave when domestic violence allegations from 22 years ago resurfaced.

The move has prompted some black clergy members to push for White's reinstatement, in an effort led by Reverend Eugene Rivers III and other religious leaders in the Boston area.

"He's done his job, he's been effective, there's no problem," Rivers III said. "And then you go pull something up 22 years ago, and there wasn’t even a crime [in] the thing you pulled up, that’s a stretch.”

Rivers III and other leaders believe White is facing undue scrutiny because he is a black man.

The Massachusetts Association of Minority Law Enforcement Officers is also joining the call for White to be taken off administrative leave while officials continue their independent investigation.

Boston City officials did not provide a comment, citing that they are still actively investigating.

WBZ's James Rojas (@JamesRojasWBZ) reports.

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