City Councilor and mayoral candidate Annissa Essaibi-George said tonight that the head of the police union is out of line claiming the council doesn't care about cops' safety after an allegedly angry guy threw a metal pole through a lobby window at the South End police station and then jumped through the new hole and attacked an officer on Saturday night.
Speaking on a Zoom meeting with Hyde Park, West Roxbury and Roslindale residents tonight, Essaibi-George reacted to comments by Boston Police Patrolman’s Association President Larry Calderone in the Herald that no councilors had expressed any concern at all about the well being of officers.
"Once again, we have police officers being attacked and I’m not aware of one single member of the Boston City Council that visited the station or provided a comment condemning the violence against their police officers," Calderone said in a statement. "Apparently those who want to defund the police have neither the time nor decency to defend us even when we are under attack."
Essaibi-George said she did not even know about the attack until she spoke to Calderone today and he read the article to her and that she immediately reached out to officers she knows in D-4.
She said she was particularly disturbed by his comments because the council is currently working to get full pensions for three police officers who had to retire early due to injuries they suffered on the job. Two were injured in a 2013 shootout in Dorchester; the third was also shot in a separate Dorchester incident that year. The council voted unanimously two weeks ago to work to upgrade their pensions.
Essaibi-George said the statement is so egregious she really hopes it was the result of "miscommunication between Larry and the reporter at the Herald," although as noted, the Herald said Calderone gave the reporter a statement, which usually means it was written.
An aide to Councilor and mayoral candidate Michelle Wu said he had not heard about the incident and did not know if Wu has contacted anybody in BPD or made any comments on the incident.
An aide to Councilor Michael Flaherty told the meeting the councilor is firmly opposed to violence against police officers.