Worcester Police Department has refused to even acknowledge its own systemic racism. To ensure that Worcester citizens know the truth Defund WPD is releasing information about 42 lawsuits that have been filed against the WPD in the last decade. More than half of these lawsuits were filed by members of Worcester’s Black, Latinx, Asian, and LGBTQ+ population. These lawsuits incontrovertably demonstrate that the WPD has a problem with systemic racism.
We encourage Worcester residents to learn about these lawsuits by following our #ChangeTheNarrative social media posts and reading our press release that kicks off the #ChangeTheNarrative campaign.
Once informed, we encourage Worcester residents to take action and demand the WPD be held accountable.
- Sign the petition to Attorney General Maura Healey asking that she investigate the Worcester Police as a department as well as individual officers who have displayed a repeated history of misconduct
- Sign the petition to the Department of Justice asking that it investigates the WPD for their repeated abuse of power, use of excessive force, and racist behavior
- Contact City Councilors and City Manager Ed Augustus demanding that the FY 2022 budget hold the WPD accountable for their recent history of misconduct by divesting $4 million from the FY 2022 WPD budget and into services that provide public health, job training, education, and stable housing (Click here for city officials’ email addresses and phone numbers as well as sample scripts)