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Viewers Voice Their Opinions on Somerville's Black Lives Matter Banner

The banner is hanging outside of Somerville City Hall



    After Mayor Joseph Curtatone of Somerville, Massachusetts, decided not to remove a Black Lives Matter banner from City Hall, many spoke out.

    Members of the Somerville police department protested the banner on Thursday night.

    Some necn viewers agreed with Mayor Curtatone while others sided with police officers.

    One argument in favor of keeping the banner up was that it raises awareness to the "Black Lives Matter" issue.

    Chris Heaven posted on the necn Facebook page and said, "All the outrage about a sign that says "Black Lives matter" proves the movement is correct with their message."

    "Many of the comments below are the exact reason behind the need for awareness and discussions surrounding equality," added Somerville resident Elizabeth Stefan.

    Others sided with the police officers and believe the banner promotes violence.

    Christopher Paul said, "I may not like cops but I don't support a violent, terrorist organization that advocates for brutal, wanton, barbaric violence against the police."

    "I stand with the Police on this. Blue Lives Matter. Shame on the Mayor of Somerville," commented Bill Doherty.

    Another argument against the banner was that it does not belong on a public building.

    David Lannan Jr. said, "This banner is a politically biased statement which has NO PLACE on a govt building."

    Gary Kespohl agreed and added, a mayor should not "support a terrorist style group of any sort."

    According to Maura Donahue, "the mayor should support the police."

    The banner is still hanging on the building where the mayor says it will stay. 

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