I was arrested last night at a peaceful #BlackLivesMatter protest in Boston when Boston PD officers reached across a bike barricade they had constructed and forcibly pulled peaceful protestors over the barricade, mostly by their hair, hoods, or necks. Boston PD officers struck and brutalized peaceful protestors. If you believe in the American justice system, this is a good time to re-examine those beliefs and see if they still hold. For a visual (trigger warning: loud noises, police lights, and physical police violence), here is a video of the barricade where I was arrested (1 of at least 3 the police set up). At 11:35, you can see the police beginning to reach across the barricade and pull at the protesters. At 11:45, you can see a police officer in the middle of the frame punch an unarmed, peaceful protester in the face, then drag him through the barricade and to the ground.
If you think you don’t need to think about what’s happening in Ferguson because it’s not your city, your race, your problem, think again. We have to face racism together, fight it together. blacklivesmatter bostonpolicedepartment blacklivesmatterboston