Detective Daniel Coleman, the man who was just axed as the homicide chief, worked hard to implement those reforms. And we are among those who hope and trust that this more focused and professional approach will ultimately cut down on gunplay and curb murderers.
Still, it seems Commissioner Davis is trying to jump-start a stalled process by replacing Coleman with veteran Thomas Lee as the new homicide chief. That is his right. The hope is that a fresh but experienced talent will bust through the impediments that are keeping arrest rates low and the number of gun-related crimes high.
Davis, who served as Lowell’s top cop before coming to town, was greeted with public acclaim when his appointment to Boston was announced. Since then, there has been more than a little backroom second guessing about how well he will perform in this much tougher, more visible, and politically challenging environment.
So far, though, Davis has been doing rather well. He handled the return of the Guardian Angles smoothly. He was tough, but did not overreact when the recent police-exam scandal broke. And he did the right thing by changing homicide leadership.
DA Conley will no doubt come to his senses and realize that his place in the constellation of law enforcement is to be part of the solution, not to be one of the many problems it faces. What remains to be seen is whether the Boston Police will continue to follow along the path that Conley, Meier, and Coleman have been leading them down. Commissioner Davis thinks he needs new blood. So be it. But let’s hope that the new blood is committed to keeping reform alive in the police department. Lives depend on it.
: The Editorial Page
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