Press Statements and Coverage of Our Movement

Our Past Statements

Predictive Policing, The WPD, and your Tax Dollars: A ShotSpotter Connect Fact Sheet January 28, 2021

750 Worcester Residents Sign onto Records Request Demanding that the Worcester Police Release their Database of Citizen Complaints and Disciplinary Records to the Public September 27, 2020

Racism-free WPS and Defund WPD Supporters Ask School Committee for Changes August 27, 2020

Cost, Research, and Transparency Still Glaring Issues in Proposed Body Camera Program August 17, 2020

Defund WPD Reaction to 8/11 Public Safety Subcommittee Meeting: WTF Was That? August 11, 2020

Defund WPD Statements on August 11 Public Safety Committee and City Council Agenda Items August 10, 2020

Defund WPD Statement On Today’s “Cops out of Schools - Yes!” Protest August 1, 2020

Defund WPD-led Petition for Police Transparency Surpasses 1,000 Signatures in One Weekend July 27, 2020

Defund WPD Statement On Worcester City Council Body Camera Vote July 21, 2020

Defund WPD Opposes $3 million Body Camera Program for Worcester Police July 10, 2020

Statement Supporting Calls to Increase WPD Transparency and Officer Accountability June 30, 2020

Response to WPD Letter to the Community June 25, 2020

Statement on Worcester City Council’s Refusal to Hold Special Budget Meeting June 24, 2020

Statement on Worcester City Council’s Postponement of the FY 2021 Budget June 23, 2020

Statement in Support of Pa’Lante’s Demand that Worcester City Council Re-Do Budget Vote June 23, 2020

A Statement from Defund WPD in Support of WPS Educators: Trade SROs for Educators and PPE! June 18, 2020

Statement from Defund WPD on Worcester’s Fiscal Year 2021 Budget June 16, 2020

Press Coverage

Why do area police departments lack body cams? The cost July 11, 2020

Worcester Councilors Flooded With ‘Defund Police’ Emails: Records June 29, 2020

Opposition voices get louder as public pressure forces Worcester City Council to reconsider cutting police budget to fund social services June 24, 2020

Worcester City Council to reconsider budget amid calls to cut police funding June 23, 2020

Group organizing to defund Worcester police wants to see police funds diverted to public schools, health and other city resources June 9, 2020