The protests are expected to continue today. There was one sign in particular that I think expressed the sentiment every Police Officer feels in Massachusetts when it said: “We will trade Patrick for Brewer”. The sign is referring to Jan Brewer, the Governor of Arizona who recently signed into law the Immigration enforcement bill. Since then, Felix Arroyo of the Boston city counsel has called for boycotts of the state of Arizona, she has been called (unfairly) a racist, and the Obama administration has begun proceedings to sue Arizona over their own law. That suit has little to no chance of success, in my opinion. It is a matter of mild irony though that they would argue preemption of the federal statute when they don’t even recognize the federal statutes existence or enforce it.
Since taking office, Patrick has fallen back on his promises of adding 1,000 police to the streets, while slashing police benefits. As Patrick emerged, chants of “shame on you” grew louder as he hurried into Fenway. He should expect another 2,ooo or so police expressing their 1st amendment rights today. For those wishing to participate here is the infortmation on how.
Attorney Ronald A. Sellon