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Police to Protest Over Black Lives Matter Sign at Somerville City Hall

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    After the mayor of Somerville refused to remove a Black Lives Matter banner from city hall, officers across Massachusetts said they plan to protest. (Published Wednesday, July 27, 2016)

    Police officers across Massachusetts are planning to protest after the mayor of Somerville refused to remove a Black Lives Matter banner from city hall.

    The Somerville Police Employees Association and other police unions are scheduled to rally Thursday evening outside Somerville City Hall.

    Boston.com reports the officers say they're protesting the banner's "disrespectful" message.

    A statement from the Somerville police union says protesters will "demonstrate the solidarity of police organizations in Massachusetts to the exclusionary message that the banner sends."

    The sign above the city hall's main entrance has been in place for nearly a year.

    Last week, Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone denied a request from the officers to remove the banner, saying his "unwavering support" for police doesn't pre-empt a commitment to "addressing systemic racism in our nation."


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