Police supporters rallied outside the E-5 police station in West Roxbury this afternoon, but they may have been outnumbered by Black Lives Matter protesters.
Unlike the Black Lives Matter protesters, almost all of whom wore masks - as they have at three previous vigils at the rotary - a significant number of the Blue Lives Matter rally attendees threw caution and public-health recommendations to the wind and went bare-faced:
For the most part, the two rallies stayed apart.
But one small group of pro-police people decided to stick their black-and-blue flag in the BLM protesters' faces:
There was no violence, thanks in part to quick work by Black Lives Matter organizers and, in one case, police, to break up fights before they could happen.
In one case, a black man driving slowly through the rotary suddenly stopped his car, got out and started to lunge at a pro-cop white man with a sign on the large island in the middle of the rotary; he said the guy had spit at him.
People rushed over, as did police, who convinced him to get in back in his car and keep going.
Pro-cop guy, though, said something a cop didn't like, enough to make her lead him away from the scene.
She escorted him closer to the police station and, as BLM supporters cheered and pro-cop supporters chanted "let him go," she put him behind a phalanx of cops and he had stand awhile to think about what he'd done, before they let him go. He mostly stood there with his sign held high.
As the police were enforcing his time out, a guy in a pig outfit waddled by.
Later, as the demonstrations were ending, he waddled in front of the police station, where one of the un-masked police supporters got right in his face and screamed "Asshole!" at him, from maybe a couple inches away.
Shortly before the time-out incident, pro-cop supporters on the island grew incensed when a black man wearing a pig-snout mask began stomping and dragging one of their black-and-blue flags.
One BLM leader tried to get him to walk away, as other BLM supporters tried to form a cordon around him. He refused to go, but both sides calmed down and the man and a couple of the white police supporters eventually had loud but civil discussions about the nature of protest and whether or not the blue-and-black is an American flag.
A guy in a pickup with an American flag and his true feelings on a board in the bed kept driving around the rotary, leaning over towards the BLM protesters and yelling profound wisdom at them, such as "scumbags!"
At one point, he suddenly slowed way down; fortunately for him, the driver of the actual truck behind him had good reflexes.
Towards the end, he was joined by a second pickup:
There were two black Trump supporters at the rally, a woman dressed in red, white and blue and a guy with a bullhorn who seemed to fancy himself a standup comic as he addressed the BLM supporters across the rotary.
At one point, they kneeled in memory of George Floyd and he bellowed: "Thank you for bowing down to your president, Donald Trump!"