BOSTON (AP) — Boston’s mayor and police commissioner are urging activists to hold off on a planned “die in” during the city’s annual New Year’s Eve festivities.
Mayor Marty Walsh and Commissioner William Evans said Tuesday that the city would honor the protesters’ right to demonstrate but that the family-friendly First Night event is not the proper venue to address recent police killings of unarmed black men and boys in the U.S.
Walsh and Evans also discussed an assault on two Boston police officers Monday by a group of teens after they had tried to serve a warrant in Roxbury.
Walsh stressed the assault was not related to rising tensions across the country over police violence. Evans said the officers, who had been hospitalized, are “pretty banged up” but are recovering.