Commissioner Kathleen O'Toole, Boston Police Department
Donald K. Stern, chair, Boston Police Department Commission Investigating the Death of Victoria Snelgrove; and partner, Bingham McCutchen
Carolyn Ryan, Assistant Managing Editor, Metro Section, The Boston Globe

Moderated by Christopher Stone, Professor of Practice of Criminal Justice, KSG


One year ago, Victoria Snelgrove died when a Boston police officer fired a plastic pellet into a crowd celebrating the Red Sox's victory in the 2004 American League Championship Series. Her tragic death focused public attention on the dangers of so-called "less lethal" weapons increasingly used by police departments throughout the country for crowd control. The tragic incident provoked major changes not only in the Boston Police Department but also in the ways that American police departments manage their increasingly sophisticated "less lethal" weaponry. In Boston and around the country, these improvements are being guided by the report of an independent commission, appointed by Boston Police Commissioner Kathleen O'Toole, and chaired by Donald K. Stern, the former U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts . At this panel discussion, which is being held a year after Snelgrove's death, O'Toole, Stern, and Carolyn Ryan, a Boston Globe editor who oversaw the paper's coverage of the incident, will discuss how the events changed the way police in Boston and around the country approach crowd control, less-lethal weapons, and public disorder. Christopher Stone, a professor of criminal justice at the Kennedy School who was also a member of the Stern Commission, will moderate the discussion.


Location: Bell Hall, 5th floor of the Belfer Building, 79 John F. Kennedy Street, Cambridge, MA