Massachusetts police officers are protesting a mayor’s refusal to remove a Black Lives Matter banner currently hanging over city hall.
Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone has declined repeated requests by the city police officers’ union to replace the banner with one that reads “All Lives Matter.” The banner has been up for nearly a year.
The officer’s Union president, Michael McGrath, stated that the union supports the “core goal” of the Black Lives Matter movement, however they believe the banner sends an “exclusionary message” and is “disrespectful” to officers. The union members and other officers from around the state are expected to hold a rally Thursday evening.
The Mayor Curtatone says standing up for black residents and supporting police aren’t mutually exclusive. Also noting that the city honors officers recently slain in Texas and Louisiana with a banner over police headquarters.