Massachusetts mayor won’t remove Black Lives Matter banner from City Hall

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From King5: A city in Massachusetts has refused to remove a Black Lives Matter banner from City Hall at the request of the local police union.
The Somerville Police Employee’s Association published a letter on Tuesday addressed to Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone asking for the banner to be removed and replaced with an “All Lives Matter” banner. The banner features the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter and has been hanging from City Hall since August 2015.

Mayor Joseph Curtatone

Mayor Joseph Curtatone


 “It is inconceivable to us as it is demoralizing that our city would propagate its support for this movement while standing silent over the seemingly daily protest assassinations of innocent police officers around the country,” said Michael McGrath, the union’s president.
The police union’s request comes after several protests nationwide held in response to the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, two black men who were fatally shot by police in separate incidents in July. Following Sterling and Castile’s death were the deaths of five police officers in Dallas during a protest, who were targeted for being white by a gunman. Three more police officers were killed on Sunday in Baton Rouge, La., the same city where Sterling died.
Somerville Police Chief David Fallon

Somerville Police Chief David Fallon


Somerville Police Chief David Fallon answered questions and made a brief statement in front of Somerville City Hall Thursday morning. He said that if the mayor believes the banner allows community members to feel safer and engaged with the police department, then he was “100% behind it.”
“We support the city’s initiatives,” Fallon said.
“My unwavering support for our police officers does not and cannot preempt our commitment addressing systemic racism in our nation,” Curtatone said in a statement responding to the police union’s letter. “The City of Somerville stands against all violence and all injustice, which is why a Black Lives Matter banner hangs at City Hall and why a banner in honor of the slain officers is hanging at Somerville Police Headquarters where it would provide the most moral support to our officers—both on my order.”
Curtatone said he has made it clear to Somerville officers that the city should be thankful for and reinforce its safe community because of “the highest quality policing by a force dedicated to community policing, de-escalation, proper use of force, and anti-bias awareness.”
In Fallon’s statement, he said the mayor has always been a “staunch supporter” of the police department as well as a supporter of human rights. He said he wants to sit down with the mayor, the union president and members of the police department to have a “serious and effective” discussion regarding the banner.
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stevor
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they’d probably allow the ISIS flag to be there, too. LIBERAL INSANITY!

japoa
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Do males in the N.E. have a spine ?
Or ‘nads ?………………………..Is there something in the water that turns them into spineless schmucks ……..Pathetic .

Dave
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Dave

BLM is a terrorist thug organization.

Auntie Lulu
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Auntie Lulu

It is obvious to anyone with a brain that this schmuck needs to be removed from office, if in no other way than by the vote of the citizens in the next election. There is a significant problem in “pandering to ” outlaw groups, yet failing to stand firmly in support of law officers . We have now seen numerous murders of police officers that had nothing to do with previous shootings of black people . . . what’s up with this? Here in Portland, Oregon yesterday we had a “Black Lives Matter” rally . . . these fools (which… Read more »

Dr. Eowyn
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The next time Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone needs the police to provide him with security for some public event, Somerville PD should just call in a “blue flu” ’cause he’s made it clear [only] Black Lives Matter.

TrailDust
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TrailDust

Somerville! That’s not the Somerville I remember. This PC mayor is an idiot, but no more than the idiots who voted for him.

Lophatt
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Lophatt

Yeah, looks like the new official motto is “Get Whitey”:
https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2016/08/no-call-obama-peace-milwaukee-anti-police-riot-press-fails-question-golfing-obama-riot/
After all, what should we expect? That’s why they installed him.

Steven Broiles
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20 years ago this December 2nd, my uncle Donald, a convert to the Catholic Faith who became a Catholic priest, was murdered by an ex-convict he tried to help upon his release upon parole. (His murderer happened to be black. At any rate, the other prisoners in the prison he had done his time in said they feared him). Uncle Donald left the Catholic Church and joined the Charismatic Catholic Church, and his political opinions were largely leftist. That doesn’t matter now. I am saying this. I saw this same political BULLCRAP go on in education. You may call it… Read more »

Veritas
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Veritas

The mayor looks pretty tanned if you get what I mean. I suppose this is why he put the banner up.

cs
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cs

I remember when that no-good O’Malley in response to “Black Lives Matter” said ALL Lives Matter was booed off the stage. And then he APOLOGIZED!
This event in Somerville is more of the same. Where are the people who live there? Oh, I get it–they don’t want to be politically incorrect or stick their necks out.
The Cultural Revolution of the US is not too far off.
This doesn’t bode well for any of us.

Glenn47
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Glenn47

By all means let’s give them more power and encourage them to behave closer to terrorist everyday.
To favor one group of people over another, proves this mayor needs to be shown the door.
All people are to be treated equally and if BLM got their heads out of their rears and start behaving like someone that wants to better their lives, they would be amazed to see what happens.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Hey, it’s not fascism when progressive left/liberals do it…