Everett Police,Fire Attend Protest of Somerville Banner

By Katy Rogers

A few dozen members of the Everett Police attended a protest in Somerville last Wednesday, July 27, in solidarity with the Somerville Police regarding a ‘#BlackLivesMatter’ hanging on Somerville City Hall. Everett Police and Fire protested peacefully and asked that a more inclusive sign be put up in Somerville to support their colleagues.

A few dozen members of the Everett Police attended a protest in Somerville last Wednesday, July 27, in solidarity with the Somerville Police regarding a ‘#BlackLivesMatter’ hanging on Somerville City Hall. Everett Police and Fire protested peacefully and asked that a more inclusive sign be put up in Somerville to support their colleagues.

Everett Police congregated in Somerville last Wednesday, July 27, to join fellow Somerville Police officers in protest of the controversial #BlackLivesMatter banner which adorns Somerville City Hall.

With recent violence in various communities throughout the United States towards Police Officers over racial controversy, police said they felt the banner is exclusionary in conveying the message that all lives matter, and that it can cause more division than unity throughout the community.

Everett Patrolman Union President, Jeff McCabe gave a statement regarding his stance on the matter following the peaceful protest.

“It is the overwhelming opinion of the Everett Police Department that all lives matter, all the time,” he said. “Given the climate we live in now, more than ever, communities need to come together and work together with law enforcement to provide a secure environment and future. The Everett Police Department strives to maintain, foster, and grow, understanding and mutual respect with all members of our community.”

Regarding the banner, the overwhelming feeling is that a better, less controversial sign should read “All Lives Matter” and anything else should come with the backing of the entire community as City Hall is the people’s building, not belonging to one man, but to all residents of that city,” he continued.

At another location in Somerville, supporters of Black Lives Matter gathered to show their support of the banner. Some attended the police gathering in front of City Hall to peacefully express their opposing views.

2 comments for “Everett Police,Fire Attend Protest of Somerville Banner

  1. DF
    August 6, 2016 at 2:13 pm

    Blacks: please stop murdering us. Our lives should matter, too.

    Cops: it’s us or them, pick a side.

    The hypocrisy is astounding.
    ‘….the overwhelming feeling is that a better, less controversial sign should read “All Lives Matter”’
    Yet they carry a giant banner saying cops lives matter. Or more accurately, since they think blm means only black lives matter, their banner means only cops live matter, right?

    “Given the climate we live in now, more than ever, communities need to come together and work together with law enforcement to provide a secure environment”
    The environment is deaths of cops is at a 40 year low but cops murdering unarmed blacks is a weekly if not daily occurrence. Being a cop is now 2.5x safer than delivering pizza and 11x safer than bring a coal miner, but we all need to stop being outraged against the murder and cover up of innocent people for safety’s sake.

  2. dee money
    August 9, 2016 at 2:55 pm

    great post DF, its craziness. People fear being excluded. I love posts about police kills by race by race stats. People are quick to point out that the white deaths are higher. Well duh…Black Americans make up <15% of the US…It's like, forget that segregation ended not that long ago (aka get over it). People who participated (and continue to) participate in institutional (legal) racism still walk the streets. Shit doesn't just change over night, generations have to die for changes of that magnitude…

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