By Jon Dougherty
(NationalSentinel) The head of the Boston Police union is calling on a Massachusetts Democrat to pull her support from a fundraising drive aimed at providing lawyers for dozens of Antifa protesters arrested for disrupting a “Straight Pride” parade in the colonial city on Saturday.
In anÂ open letterÂ to Rep. Ayanna Pressley, Boston Police Patrolmenâ€™s Association presidentÂ Michael LearyÂ said the â€œso-called peaceful protestersâ€ injured four officers who were working security during the event, which was attended by more than 1,000 counter-demonstrators.
â€œI urge you to reconsider your support of the protest bail fund,â€ the letter said. â€œInstead, I hope you will make it clear to your supporters that you donâ€™t approve of violent behavior against public safety personnel.â€
Thirty-six people were arrested by police on Saturday, including nine who were charged with assaulting officers. Others were booked for resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and assault by means of a dangerous weapon.
â€œThese officers were screamed at, abused and fought by these so-called peaceful protesters,â€ Leary said in the letter. â€œYour actions in support of these individuals serves only to encourage criminal and disruptive behaviors such as those suffered by my members this weekend.â€
Pressley and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) are raising defense funds for those who were arrested. Both have blamed the violence on the Straight Pride organizers. Ocasio-Cortez drew criticism for being “anti-American” after she labeled parade-goers “white supremacists.”
â€œJoin me now in making a contribution,” PressleyÂ tweeted. â€œTY to the allies & accomplices who stood in the gap & laid their bodies on the line today in affront #LGBT hate march.â€
Join me right now in making a contribution. TY to the allies & accomplices who stood in the gap & laid their bodies on the line today in affront #LGBT hate march. To everyone feeling unseen & vulnerable today…we got you. Equitable outrage. Our destinies & freedoms are tied. https://t.co/xwHQDX7UG2
— Ayanna Pressley (@AyannaPressley) August 31, 2019
Leary said Pressley’s fundraising effort â€œfurther contributes to the growing we/they attitude against police officers in this Country.â€
As an elected official, â€œyou should be working to encourage Boston city residents and visitors to respect and cooperate with Boston Police officers who are there to serve and protect,â€ he added.
â€œThe BPPA supports the right of free speech, but free speech does not include the right to abuse and assault the men and women who are appointed to keep the peace.”
The Straight Pride event was derided by critics as homophobic and a harbor for white supremacists, though black and openly gay speakers including Milo Yiannopoulos were featured.
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