‘We have a vision’: Gross sworn in as Boston’s first African-American police commissioner – Boston News, Weather, S…


BOSTON (WHDH) – A standing-room-only crowd packed into a Baptist church in Roxbury Monday to witness the historic swearing-in of William G. Gross, Boston’s first African-American police commissioner, who is taking over the department following the departure of William B. Evans.

After being sworn in, Gross, who was born and raised in Dorchester, presented his mother, Deanna, a longtime parishioner of Morning Star Baptist Church, with a bouquet of flowers and thanked her for imparting to him the life lessons that guided him toward becoming the department’s 42nd commissioner. He also noted how important it is that he, Evans, and Mayor Martin J. Walsh are all “children of the community.”

“That’s what resonates in this city today,” Gross said. “That our leaders, and everyone you…

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