Acting Mayor Kim Janey, US Rep. Ayanna Pressley and state Rep. Liz Miranda are all telling the Boston Police Patrolmen's Association to knock it off with the personal attacks on City Councilor Andrea Campbell - who is running against Janey in the fall elections - saying they are no longer going to just sit back while the union continues what Pressley called its long running racism.
On Wednesday and Thursday, Campbell and the union traded Twitter barbs over Campbell's alleged slow pace in moving $1.3 million in federal police grants out of her public-safety committee and the union's supposed failure to explain why it supported the rise of alleged multiple child-rapist Patrick Rose to the presidency of the union - at the end of which, the union dropped this little nugget, blaming Campbell for the actions of her adult brother:
Last night, Pressley tweeted:
This morning, Janey tweeted:
I agree with @ayannapressley - these vicious personal attacks against @andreaforboston are abhorrent and cannot stand. BPPA needs to stop them right now.
This afternoon, state Rep Liz Miranda (D-Roxbury) also told the union to take a step back:
Lucille Clifton once said “What they call you is one thing. What you answer to is something else.” I’m from a precarious place & in my family I have a sibling who is incarcerated, 1 who was deported & 1 who was murdered. Their stories are intertwined with mine, but are not mine.
Black women cannot be your shield & your target.
My siblings grew up in the same community & our fates were different. we were given different opportunities & while I excelled academically they were faced with very different circumstances in the streets. my story is very similar to @andreaforboston
Asking for transparency & accountability from a police union & force that we invest in didn’t require her to be marked for the wrongdoings & pain caused by someone in her family. She shouldn’t be further shamed & burdened by that as I am sure it already has impacted her.
Now, keeping an alleged child rapist employed, covering it up & giving him more positions of authority does require that system & affiliations to be called into question. It’s the Mayor’s & City Council’s duty to ensure our city services are safe & work for the people of Boston.