Boston Police Union Newsletter Under Scrutiny For Controversial Content
It’s bad enough in this day and age when any organization publishes a newsletter that peddles bigoted opinions cloaked in tasteless and offensive humor. But it’s especially troubling when that newsletter comes from the Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association (BPPA), the union representing Boston police officers.
And it turns out that it has been happening for some time now.
Here’s how The Boston Phoenix began their cover story this week:
For at least six years, the Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association (BPPA) has published a boldly bigoted official union newsletter, the Pax Centurion. Full of screeds against minorities, women, progressives, gays, Muslims, and even crime victims, its pages have long drawn ire from activists and union members alike.
Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis has condemned the newsletter, calling it “juvenile” and “not a [representation] of today’s officer” in a tweet last week.
A few examples of what you can find in the newsletter: Pax Centurion referred to Gov. Deval Patrick as a “racial huckster”, the Occupy Boston protesters as “losers, anarchists, graying hippies, level-three sex offenders, fakes, frauds phonies and nitwits,” and it joked about the Egyptian parliament passing a law allowing a man to have sex with his dead wife.
- Chris Faraone, reporter, The Boston Phoenix
- James (Larry) Brown, former president of the Massachusetts Association of Afro-American Police, which is now the Massachusetts Association of Minority Law Enforcement Officers. (Disclaimer : Larry is the husband of WBUR reporter Delores Handy.)
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