Recent violence involving Boston police could complicate Michelle Wu’s plans to reform the department

Jack McDevitt, director of Northeastern University’s Institute on Race and Justice, hoped that the violence would not complicate needed reform. The incidents, he said, may speak to the need for some changes to better protect officers, such as additional training or equipment, but he did not think that should preclude the city from “trying to get the department to be more transparent and hold officers more accountable.”