The Boston Police Patrolmen's Association yesterday charged Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins called all police officers murderers in her comments after Sunday night's rampages. Rollins shot back that the union statement is proof of white fragility.
At issue are Rollins's comments at a Monday press conference at City Hall (watch) in which she pledged to prosecute the 53 people arrested after a peaceful march and vigil but then said white people should take note of the "burning rage" behind the peaceful march, that black people are exhausted by an endless stream of cops across the country who "shoot us in the street as if we are animals."
And she said she found it ironic that black people had to tell whites on Sunday to please keep your voice down, please follow the directives of police, "those very people who murder us with impunity."
The BPPA responded yesterday, essentially: How dare you! In a tweet and letter to Rollins, it said she was "slandering our officers as murderers," mocking violence and putting police lives at risk because she was implicitly calling for more violence.
"The people of Suffolk County most assuredly deserve better," the letter concludes.
Rollins replied in a tweet:
You mean Anti-Police BRUTALITY. And did I somehow miss BPPA’s letter denouncing the murder of George Floyd and calling for the immediate termination and prosecution of the 4 police that murdered him and/or watched and did nothing while he died? White fragility is real people.
Today, state Rep. Nika Elugardo (D-15th Suffolk/Norfolk) backed Rollins:
She is calling out a reality. Her words are truth and give voice to the trauma and pain of generations. I call on our patrolmen to stand with her and us. Denounce this behavior as our defenders, our brothers and sisters, and partners in justice.