Boston's Honor

Paying a legal and moral debt

I want to say we are very, very sorry I for what has happened," Mayor Raymond Flynn told the quiet widow, "and this is a small way of the city meeting its legal and moral obligation." In the tiny kitchen of her home in Boston's Roxbury ghetto, Patricia Bowden accepted the check for $843,498.37. Thus, in quite a different way from Miami, ended a case of police use of deadly force.

Nine years ago, Bowden's husband James was mistaken for a grocery-store robber and was killed by two...

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