Vernal Coleman

Vernal Coleman is a reporter on The Boston Globe’s investigative quick-strike team. He he joined the Globe in 2019 after covering homelessness, mental health and breaking news for The Seattle Times. He has also written for The Star-Ledger in New Jersey and the Seattle Weekly.

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ACLU accuses Boston police of violating rights with ‘Operation Clean Sweep’ arrests

By , Globe Staff

The ACLU of Massachusetts alleged that Boston police broke state and federal laws last summer during “Operation Clean Sweep,” as the nonpartisan rights group released videos that show police rounding up homeless people and drug users near Boston Medical Center.

Boston Police once resembled the community. But force has grown whiter as city becomes more diverse.

By , Globe Staff

The Boston Police Department has failed to keep up with the shifting demographics of the city. Despite pledges from Mayor Martin J. Walsh to diversify the city’s workforce, the police department has become slightly more white as the city’s population has become less so.

Protesters call for city to reallocate police funding, remove officers from schools

By , Globe Staff

Over the course of several hours, a crowd of perhaps 500 wound down Washington Street into Downtown Crossing, chanting “Marty, we’re coming!" — a reference to Mayor Martin J. Walsh.

Peaceful demonstrations in Boston and Providence remember Breonna Taylor, demand racial justice

By and , Globe Staff

Demonstrators gathered by the hundreds in Boston and by the thousands in Providence on Friday, peacefully demanding justice for Black Americans killed by police on the day that Breonna Taylor would have turned 27.