About 50 police officers and their supporters upset about a Black Lives Matter banner that has been hanging outside City Hall for a year rallied on Thursday to try to pressure the mayor to remove it.
The primarily white opponents of the banner broke into chants of “All lives matter!” and “Take it down!” Many held signs saying “Cops lives matter” and “Support your local police.”
Harold MacGilvray, president of a coalition representing 1,500 officers in 26 communities, said a public building like Somerville’s City Hall is “no place” for political slogans to be displayed.
The mayor of Somerville, a largely white and historically working-class Boston suburb, had earlier in the day promised not to remove the banner despite complaints from officers across the state.
Mayor Joe Curtatone, a white Democrat, said it’s “OK to disagree” and the only way to resolve the impasse is through an “open dialogue” about race.
“That sign is not coming down,” he insisted while standing in front of City Hall flanked by the police chief and two deputy chiefs.
Source: Somerville police officers protest of Black Lives Matter banner displayed on City Hall building