The police union for the city of Boston, Massachusetts called on freshman Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) to walk back her support regarding a bail fund for protesters arrested at an Antifa counter-protest last week.
In an open letter to Pressley penned on Tuesday, Michael Leary — the president of the Boston Police Patrolman’s Association (BPPA) — wrote that “at least four” law enforcement officers were “injured” by the “so-called peaceful protesters” counter-protesting the “Straight Pride” parade in the city last weekend.
Leary went on to blast the “Squad” member’s “support” for the bail fund for the arrested protesters as promoting “criminal and disruptive behaviors” such as those that affected the officers at the parade.
“These officers were screamed at, abused and fought by these so-called peaceful protesters. Your actions in support of these individuals serves only to encourage criminal and disruptive behaviors such as those suffered by my members this weekend.”
The BPPA president went on to say that, while the organization “supports the right of free speech,” that right “does not include the right to abuse and assault” law enforcement officers.
“I urge you to reconsider your support of the protest bail fund,” Leary concluded the letter. “Instead, I hope you will make it clear to your supporters that you don’t approve of violent behavior against public safety personnel.”
Over the weekend, 36 Antifa counterprotesters were arrested at the “Straight Pride” parade in Boston. Eighteen of the protesters were arraigned on Tuesday with three of them being ordered by Judge Thomas Horgan to “stay out of Boston.”
An attorney for one of the three protesters told to keep out of Beantown asked if his client could only be barred from downtown Boston so that he could visit his family in Jamaica Plains, but Horgan only repeated his order to “stay out of Boston.”
“They’re going to have to go visit him, then,” the judge said.