The ignorant, insensitive rally disrespects everyone, especially our black neighbors and neighbors of color in West Roxbury. That rally also undermines the idea of police professionalism and the reasons we call police officers "Boston's Finest".
There are so many cops in this neighborhood whom I like and respect, and consider friends. Some of you have known me since I was a kid. I grew up with many of you. I've coached and taught your children, and you've coached and taught mine. That's why it made me so upset to see many of you involved in such an insensitive stunt tonight.
The laws and policies of this country already protect police. Your job is extremely hard, and I am thankful you put your lives on the line to protect the peace. But you are entrusted with a great amount of power to do your job. So I expect more from you.
I know many police officers weren't involved in tonight's rally.
For those that were, it was a disturbing show of political power to protect the status quo. You should be decrying police brutality, and supporting common sense reform of our police departments. But you used your power in numbers tonight to define our neighborhood in a way that shows such tone deafness, such unawareness of Boston's history, and such a lack of empathy for black parents and parents of color who have to have "the talk" with their children that white parents never have to have.
You don't speak for me... and you don't speak for West Roxbury.