City Council President Kim Janey is expressing outrage that several of her colleagues had their houses vandalized in an apparent protest over the police budget.
Mayor Walsh said the messages on paper were glued to councilors' homes and were related to last week's council budget vote, in which his budget, which transferred $12 million out of police overtime but did not make larger cuts to the overall police budget.
But WBZ reports that "report cards" on the councilors were merely posted at councilors homes, although in one case it was glued to a councilor's driveway.
FTPBoston, which has been fighting to defund police, took credit:
We will always continue holding our elected officials accountable.
Over the weekend a number of my colleagues on the City Council were targeted at their homes. As President, let me be clear: Vandalism is unacceptable!!!
I say this as someone who:
- does not equates human life with property
- believes in accountability and won't tell others how to show up to express their pain
- encourages protest as absolutely necessary in our struggle for liberation!
Hold us accountable! Express your frustration! But vandalizing our homes is NOT okay!
And me taking time to even write this post is a distraction from the larger goal of the transformative change that I believe so many of want to see and are fighting for.
Janey was one of the five councilors who voted against the operational budget for the fiscal year that starts this week over the police issue - joined by councilors Ricardo Arroyo (Hyde Park, Mattapan, Roslindale), Andrea Campbell (Dorchester, Mattapan), Kim Janey (Roxbury), Julia Mejia (at large) and Michelle Wu (at large).
Neither Janey nor Walsh specified which councilors were targeted. But Walsh said trying to get a message across by targeting people's home is unacceptable.
"City councilors have families, some of them have small children, they have neighbors," he said, adding the protesters should have spent more time looking at the budget, which increases funds for such things as housing and counseling.
He added that even in his days as a union leader, he never thought of doing anything like that.