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Somerville Police Association Asks Mayor to Take Down Black Lives Matter Banner

The president of the Police Employees Association sent a letter to the mayor

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    Member of the Somerville, Massachusetts, Police Employees Association sent a letter to town's mayor asking him to take down the Black Lives Matter banner placed above the main entrance of City Hall. (Published Thursday, July 21, 2016)

    Members of the Somerville, Massachusetts, Police Employees Association sent a letter to Mayor Joesph Curtatone asking him to remove the Black Lives Matter banner located above the main entrance of City Hall.

    In the letter, the president of the associate said, "it is as 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 this country."

    The letter goes on to explain that the Black Lives Matter movement has been "provoked to indiscriminate police violence against police officers in their name."

    The association went on to state that they support the idea that black lives matter, and the ability to "protest injustice" but still "object to a public banner sponsored by the City that impliedly paints police officers as the killers of innocent citizens of color when there is no evidence whatsoever that the police officers in the City are in anyway using their police powers in a discriminatory or unlawful way."

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    [NECN] Police Ask Mayor to Take Down Black Lives Matter Banner
    Members of the Somerville, Massachsuetts, Police Employees Association sent a letter to Mayor Joesph Curtatone asking him to remove the Black Lives Matter banner located above the main entrance of City Hall. (Published Thursday, July 21, 2016)

    Mayor Curtatone responded to the officers and said the banner will remain up in order to show that the City of Somerville "stands against all violence and all injustice."

    He also added that a banner honoring the slain officers is hanging at Somerville Police Headquarters. 

    Curtatone said "violence is never justified, and that is the message that both of our banners...are intended to make."

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