Boston Police Can Earn Four Hours Of Overtime Pay For Five Minutes Of Work

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Activists across the country are calling for major changes to police department funding following the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

In Boston, Mayor Marty Walsh responded to that call by promising to reallocate a total of 12 million dollars of police overtime to public health initiatives — about 20 percent of the overtime budget. Activists have long criticized overtime as an unaccountable system police officers can use to enrich themselves.

The Bay State Banner is out with a new investigation into police overtime. We hear from Yawu Miller, the Banner's senior editor, who also shares his experience of being questioned by police while doing fieldwork for the story.

This segment aired on July 16, 2020.

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