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Police Protest #BlackLivesMatter Banner Hanging At City Hall

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.

 

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4 comments

Vicki Winn July 31, 2016 at 6:16 pm

What Mr.Loomis should do is talk with the members of his police union make sure that they understand 1.Rules of engagement 2. The meaning of excessive force 3. Stop hiding these dangerous steriod popping cops. 4. Talk to decent cops to rid themselves of #3.
And he should keep the words regarding Tamir Rice out of his Fu#king mouth.

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Michelle Benson August 8, 2016 at 12:38 pm

Ummmm that banner has been up for almost a year. It doesn’t have anything to do with police shootings. That just happened so how do you blame a movement on something that is isolated and the man made a video clearly starting he had no offilation with the movement. It’s funny how people get mad at anything that blacks form to unite but the kkk is still active.

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Dave snider August 31, 2016 at 10:42 am

There are many white people who are appaled with the KKK, as well as any group that promotes violence as a means to rectify injustice, and unfortunately there is an elliment of black people representing BLM doing that very thing,

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Fredrick Samuels September 20, 2019 at 2:44 pm

Dave Snider, if there are so many white people that are appalled by the Klan and other white supremacy groups why are they not taking a stand and doing something to eliminate these groups? I guess they are the silent majority and figure the problem will jus t go away.

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