Town officials from Arlington, MA, commissioned an assessment from CBI as part of a multi-step response to a town conflict at the intersection of race, intolerance, and policing. Arlington Police Lt. Richard Pedrini was placed on administrative leave last October after authoring hateful columns published in the Massachusetts Police Association (MPA) newsletter. The town decided to engage in a restorative justice process, after which Lt. Pedrini returned to work, amidst on-going community concerns.
The assessment involved a handful of small-group interviews with residents who had been identified as previously involved or highly concerned with the situation, to understand their perspectives on the process to date and suggestions for going forward. The final report offers a series of recommendations for how Arlington could come together to repair community trust and increase capacity to respond to such incidents in the future, including: