A request by Massachusetts police to have a Black Lives Matter sign taken down has been denied by the mayor of the city.
Somerville police had asked that the banner, which has been in place over the City Hall entrance for almost a year, be replaced by a sign that says “All Lives Matter,” Fox 25 reported.
In a letter sent Tuesday, Police Employees Association President Michael McGrath asked Mayor Joseph Curtatone to remove the sign.
“We strongly object to a public banner sponsored by the city that impliedly paints police officers as the killers of innocent citizens of color,” the letter stated.
“The Association is as opposed to the misuse of excessive force, including deadly force, as are the well-intentioned members of the BLM movement,” the letter said. “However, it is clear that fringe elements of that movement, and other protest movements, are provoked to indiscriminate violence against police officers in their name.”
The mayor has denied the officers’ request, according to Fox 25 and said in a statement that the “unwavering support for our police officers does not and cannot preempt our commitment to addressing systemic racism in our nation.”
In light of recent attacks against police officers nationwide, McGrath wrote “it is as inconceivable to us as it is demoralizing that our city would propagate its support for this movement.”
Video from Fox 25 TV.
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