At yesterday’s Mass Tea Party Patriot’s rally on the Boston Common, a Boston police officer choked a member of Occupy Boston, who was there as part of a counter-protest organized by Occupy Boston’s Queer / Trans Direct Action Working Group and a loose coalition of LGBT and Anti-Fascist groups. Occupy Boston condemns this assault on one of our own and the First Amendment. We demand that Police Commissioner Evans suspend this officer while a full review is conducted to determine further disciplinary action. We are outraged that a member of the Boston Police Department would assist the Tea Party and Scott Lively by actively working to silence someone who was there to peacefully challenge their virulent anti-LBGT agenda.
For a complete first person account by the trans activist who was attacked, please visit http://www.back2stonewall.com/2012/04/occupy-boston-trans-activist.html.
For more on the Mass Tea Party Patriot’s Rally, please visit http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/04/16/1083675/-MA-Tea-Party-Patriots-We-will-not-be-silenced-by-faggots-.