Cambridge City Council Votes On Fatal MIT Student Shooting Issue

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — The Cambridge City Council met last night to discuss and vote on whether to release the names of the police officers involved in the fatal shooting of an MIT student last January.

Since that shooting, there has been a considerable outcry from some members of the public and from family and friends of the slain student Sayed Faisel to release the names of the officers.

And during last night’s meeting, many members of the public were on hand urging the city to release the names.

MIT student Aliyah was one of the speakers last night explaining why she wanted to know the names of the involved officers. ”To answer those questions for Faisel’s family, to tell them who killed their son and why,” she said.

But instead, the council voted 5-4 not to release the names of the officers for now, and instead direct the city manager to write a policy on how to manage similar police shooting situations in the future that result in injury or death.

Councilor Paul Toner shared his opinion as to why the city should not release names. "I am concerned about releasing anybody's name when I hear things like police brutality, murder,” he said. “It sounds like people who testified have already made their minds up about the situation."

No timetable was given for when that policy may be completed.

WBZ’s Carl Stevens (@CarlWBZ) reports.

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