CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — On Thursday, the City of Cambridge is planning to hold a community meeting to address an officer-involved shooting that left one University of Massachusetts Boston student dead.
At the Dr. Martin Luther KIng Jr. School on Putnam Avenue officials will discuss and answer questions from the public over the shooting that killed 20-year-old Sayed Arif Faisal of Cambridge on January 4. The session will be the first in a series of meetings from the city— on Wednesday, January 18, the Cambridge City Council is set to hold a public Special Meeting in the Sullivan Chamber to discuss police protocols and trainings in relation to Faisal's death.
According to a statement from the Mayor of Cambridge Sumbul Siddiqui, Faisal was a member of the Bengali community in the city, and a kind and thoughtful friend beloved by many.
"To Faisal’s family and friends, my heart breaks with you. Know that I hear you and your demands for accountability and change. I understand it feels as though the city you’ve called “home” has failed you; insofar as I’m able to repair this break, please know I am committed to doing so. As city leaders, we have unfinished work to address, and we must do everything we can to ensure this never happens again," Siddiqui said.
At Thursday's meeting, Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan will be present to speak on the investigation process and answer questions. Because the shooting involved a Cambridge Police officer, DA Ryan's office will be leading the investigation, the CPD said.