BOSTON – After publicly offering her support to protesters of the Straight Pride Parade, U.S. Representative Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) is being publicly called out by Boston Police Union President Michael Leary, per MassLive.
Pressley took to Twitter to encourage others to contribute to the bail and legal fees for those that protested the Straight Pride Parade held in Boston on August 31.
“Join me right now in making a contribution. TY to the allies & accomplices who stood in the gap & laid their bodies on the line today in affront #LGBT hate march. To everyone feeling unseen & vulnerable today...we got you. Equitable outrage. Our destinies & freedoms are tied,” Pressley wrote on her Twitter page.
New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez also shared her support for protesters of the parade.
The crowdfunding campaign set up by the Lucy Parsons Center in Jamaica Plains managed to raise $24k to help those in protest of the parade. The funds would help them pay for bail and any legal fees they might incur following the parade.
Boston Police Union President Michael Leary has publicly called out Pressley following the event where several of his officers were injured trying to control the crowds, per Fox News.
“Whether someone was there as part of the rally or as a counter protest, the Boston Police officers are there to treat all the same and to maintain order,” Leary stated.
Adding, "Your actions in support of these individuals serves only to encourage criminal and disruptive behaviors such as those suffered by my members this weekend. This attitude also contributes to the growing we/they attitude against police officers in this country.”
Leary went on to share that four of his officers were injured at the parade by out of control protesters.
Pressley has since issued a statement following Leary's comments about her support of the protesters, per Boston Herald.
“I don’t think they should have been arrested, and that’s why I’ve been promoting a bail fund to support them. … They were protesting a racist, fascist, demonstration.”
Images via Wikimedia Commons and the Boston Police Patrolman's Association