Boston Police Patrolmen's Union under fire
ROXBURY, Mass. (WHDH) -- The Boston Police Patrolmen’s Union has come under fire, accused of using sexist and racists comments in its newsletter.
The comments in the current issue of Pax Centurion, The Boston Police Patrolmen’s Union newsletter sparked outrage on social media websites.
Critics tweeted up a storm and at least three advertisers, including Simmons College, pulled their ads.
“Once we found out about some of the content of their newsletter, we felt that their values were inconsistent with our own and we choose to no longer advertise with the newsletter,” said Kalimah Knight, Simmons College.
Among the controversial comments in the newsletter, there were references to the Occupy Boston demonstrators as “spoiled snots playing professional protester," Muslim women who "have to wear baggy dresses and veils at all times" and Senate Candidate Elizabeth Warren as "your candidate for squaw."
Lojack is also pulling its ads and so is Harpoon Brewery which tweeted "We don't support the views in the BPPA Newsletter & won't put an ad in there again.”
Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis joined in the criticism with his own tweet:
"This juvenile conduct is wrong and not rep of today's officer.
Friday, Commissioner Davis said, “The union has a right to publish things that they want. And I’m not trying to interfere with their rights to free speech, but I think that overall I wanted to go on the record and say I don’t agree with this and I think it’s wrong.”