To protect, serve, mourn

first_imgMore than 40 Harvard police officers stood outside Harvard Stadium Wednesday morning, but no emergency had called them to the scene.Instead they had gathered, off-duty, to honor one of their own, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) police officer Sean Collier, the 27-year-old killed in the line of duty last Thursday in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings.“Emotions are running pretty high around here,” said Harvard University Police Department (HUPD) Chief Francis “Bud” Riley, as the group prepared to board two shuttle buses headed to Collier’s memorial at MIT’s Briggs Field.Though Harvard and MIT are sometimes cast as rivals in everything from prank wars to academic standing, it is a friendly relationship. And the two universities’ police forces are especially close. HUPD often does in-service training with the Cambridge and MIT police, Riley said. Although most Harvard officers had not known Collier, who had patrolled MIT for only 15 months, his memorial drew nearly the entire Harvard force that wasn’t on duty.HUPD joined thousands of law enforcement officials from around the country — and an equally large crowd of civilians — to pay tribute to Collier at a noon service. The MIT event attracted other college heads, including Harvard President Drew Faust, and politicians both local (Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino and Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick) and more national (Vice President Joseph Biden and U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., who each addressed the audience).“The MIT community is like family to Harvard, and I wanted to honor Officer Collier and his service to the students, faculty and staff of our neighboring institution,” said Faust.MIT President L. Rafael Reif (center, from left), Vice President Joseph Biden, and singer James Taylor gathered onstage at MIT’s Briggs Field to pay tribute to Sean Collier.The day’s program — which included performances by singer/songwriter James Taylor, the MIT Symphony Orchestra, and Massachusetts State Police bagpipers and drummers — highlighted Collier’s contributions to the MIT community, and the unusual role that university police officers can play in campus life.“Officer Collier did not just have a job at MIT. He had a life at MIT,” said MIT President L. Rafael Reif. “He had a deep, broad, beautiful sense of what his duty involved.”Various speakers, including Collier’s brother, Andrew, recalled examples of Collier’s unusually personal commitment to the community he had vowed to protect: stopping into a robotics lab late at night to ask a grad student about his research, volunteering with an organization that served Cambridge’s homeless, even taking ballroom dancing lessons and going on hikes with student groups.For all the law enforcement officers gathered on the field, whether they hailed from Canada, Florida, or just down Massachusetts Avenue, Collier’s service to MIT “left us a lesson,” said John DiFava, MIT’s chief of police. “Every time you put on the uniform, do it right.”last_img read more

Ex-champ Mayweather to pay for Floyd funeral: Report

first_imgEllerbe confirmed to ESPN that Floyd’s family had accepted Mayweather’s offer to pay for funeral services.”He’ll probably get mad at me for saying that, but yes, [Mayweather] is definitely paying for the funeral,” Ellerbe said.Mayweather “has done these kind of things over the last 20 years,” added Ellerbe, who said that the former five-division world champion — who retired in 2017 with a 50-0 record — didn’t want to talk about his gesture himself.The lawyer for Floyd’s family said Monday that a funeral will be held on June 9 in Houston. Retired ring great Floyd Mayweather will pay for the funeral services for George Floyd, Mayweather Promotions chief executive Leonard Ellerbe told ESPN on Monday.George Floyd died last week after a Minneapolis policeman knelt on the 46-year-old man’s neck for almost nine minutes. Floyd, who was handcuffed, became unresponsive after almost three minutes.The death of the unarmed black man while in police custody has ignited violent reactions across America. Before that, the family will hold a memorial service in Minneapolis on Thursday and a memorial service on Saturday in North Carolina, where Floyd was born.An official autopsy released Monday found that Floyd died in a homicide involving “neck compression.”Police officer Derek Chauvin has been charged with third degree murder and one count of negligent manslaughter in Floyd’s death.center_img Topics :last_img read more