Police, Protest, and Militarism in Boston

This week Radley Balko will be writing on the history of Boston:

Boston — often called the Cradle of Liberty — has often been the scene of political protest, political violence, and heavy-handed government crackdowns — military, paramilitary, and otherwise. As a result, throughout American history the city has been at the center of contentious, often furious debate over how best to balance public safety, crime fighting, and national defense with liberty and individual rights.

He will cover Boston history from the Colonial period right up to the present day, using that as a context in which to examine the roles played by the city, state, and federal governments in the manhunt for the two Boston Marathon bombers.