Memories of police brutality still fresh, 30 years after King Arthur trials

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We are the police and we’re going to kill you.”

The voice came from the other side of the door to Room 209. Around 4:30 on a brisk summer morning in July 1982 inside a tiny motel room above a strip joint in Chelsea, 12 people prepared to die.

The men and women barricaded the door with a couch and waited. A group of Everett and Chelsea police officers banged on the door. Then they drilled a hole and injected mace. An Everett cop fired two shots into the door. Finally, one of the cops grabbed an axe and chopped through the door. Soon, an Everett man, Vincent Bordanaro, would be fatally injured, and dozens of other lives changed forever.

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