Crime


Judges Skeptical as Lieber Reiterates Harvard Should Pay His Legal Fees in Appeal Hearing

Justices on the Supreme Judicial Court appeared skeptical Wednesday as lawyers for former Harvard Chemistry chair Charles M. Lieber — who is preparing for trial on federal criminal charges — argued on appeal that Harvard should be obligated to pay for his legal defense.


Harvard Saw Decrease in Total Crimes and Sexual Assaults, Increase in Burglaries During 2020

The total number of reported crimes in 2020 was 178, down from the 220 total crimes reported in 2019. On-campus crimes also saw a 14 percent decrease in 2020 — when college students were sent home in March, and only freshmen were invited to live back on campus in the fall.


Kennedy School Lab to Launch Alternative 911 Response Initiative in Five Jurisdictions

Harvard Kennedy School’s Government Performance Lab announced last week the selection of five areas that will participate in a new initiative aimed at implementing alternative responses to non-violent 911 calls.


HUPD Arresting Black People at Disproportionate Rate, New Data Shows

The Harvard University Police Department has been arresting Black people at a disproportionate rate compared to the general population over the last three years, according to data from the department’s new workload and crime dashboard.


HSQ Assaults

Three Harvard affiliates were assaulted in separate incidents in the past week. One assault took place on the corner of Flagg and Banks Streets, near Mather House.


Harvard Affiliates Report Being Victims of Anti-Asian Attacks

As violence against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders has spiked since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, two Harvard affiliates said they experienced verbal and physical attacks in Cambridge.


Four Bank Robberies Strike Cambridge in Three Weeks

The Cambridge Police Department and the FBI are investigating four bank robberies that struck the City of Cambridge within the past three weeks  — two of which occurred in Harvard Square.


Harvard Saw Increase in Bias Crime Reports, Decrease in Reported Rapes During 2019

Reports of on-campus bias crimes jumped in 2019, while reported rapes on campus declined for the third consecutive year, Harvard’s annual security report published Friday by the University’s police force showed.


Former Harvard-Affiliated Researcher Pleads Guilty to Lying About Smuggled Cancer Research

A former researcher at Harvard-affiliated Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday to lying to customs officials, following charges he tried to smuggle cancer research to China.


Crime in Cambridge Up 4 Percent Through Early November Compared to 2019, Police Say

The Cambridge Police Department has recorded a 4% increase in crimes from last year with a total of 2,035 serious crimes this year, though the total remains slightly below the city’s five-year average, according to CPD’s monthly crime report.


Cyclist Victim Identified in Fatal Harvard Square Collision

Middlesex County District Attorney Marian T. Ryan and Cambridge Police Commissioner Branville G. Bard Jr. have identified the victim of a fatal traffic accident in Harvard Square last month as 55-year-old Darryl Willis.


Tractor-Trailer Fatally Strikes Bicyclist in Harvard Square

A tractor-trailer fatally struck a male bicyclist in Harvard Square Tuesday morning, according to CPD spokesperson Jeremy Warnick.


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