Boston Mayor Tells Uncooperative Shooting Victims 'Stop Blaming The Police'

Boston Mayor Martin Walsh vented his frustration to reporters on Thursday.

Boston, MA – Boston Mayor Martin “Marty” Walsh voiced his frustration about the lack of cooperation police have received from shooting victims in the wake of Fourth of July attacks that left four people injured and one man dead.

"The people that got shot, you need to step up and talk about who shot you and stop blaming the police and blaming the community and blaming society," Walsh told reporters on July 5.

"If you got shot by a gun and you know who it is, then you need to help us out," he said.

Police were called to Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood at approximately 7 p.m., after adults at a party began shooting at one another in the street, WBZ reported.

A children’s bouncy house was just 20 feet away from the gunfire.

Police said that four individuals were shot during the altercation, and one suffered critical injuries, Mass Live reported.

The victims varied in age from 22 years old to their late 40s, and investigators found bullet casings from three separate weapons at the scene, according to WBZ.

"The thing that's frustrating about it, not one of them are talking,” the mayor said. “No one wants to say anything. You didn't see anything? You got shot and you didn't see anything?”

"What bothered me most was that there were young kids in the neighborhood. They were little ones, little babies," Walsh said. "They don't know what's going on. They're out to have fun.”

“To have a couple cowards roll in with guns and think they're tough guys and shooting each other, you could've done some real harm to some little kids out here yesterday, and some innocent people,” he railed.

At approximately 10 p.m., police were called back to the same neighborhood for another shooting less than a mile away, NECN reported.

In that incident, a man in his 30s was murdered.

"It's time for the kids that are active in the game out in the neighborhood to step up, man up, and start to take responsibility for who they are and never mind this coward's way out of shooting each other and not telling anybody," Walsh said. "If somebody shoots you, you gotta talk about who shot you.”

"You are going to hurt somebody else," the frustrated mayor continued. "If you want to kill each other - it's a horrible thing, and I don't want to stand here as mayor and say, you know, we're justifying that - you kill each other.”

“But what happens is you kill an innocent person and you disrupt a whole community,” Walsh said. “You send the wrong message to young people and you send the wrong message to children in the neighborhood..."

The mayor came under fire for his comments, with some people alleging he was ‘victim blaming’ the people who had been shot.

Walsh later released a statement on Twitter, encouraging the community to work together to keep the city safe.

No arrests have been made in either Independence Day shooting, WBZ reported.

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Fearless Foe
Fearless Foe

I am astonished at the foolishness of people who obey the "code of silence" imposed by hoodlums. They are nothing but bullies and cowards the police need to be identified, so they can be properly dealt with.

essexboy
essexboy

Well said Mr. Mayor!

Danimyl
Danimyl

So if they don't cooperate with police then the police have to be right there when the shooting starts. But this presents another problem. Officer Mahoney is on scene just as Junior pulls out his 9 and starts shooting at people, Officer Mahoney shoots Junior to end the threat, suddenly Junior is just a good little boy who was on his way to volunteer at a soup kitchen for the homeless. Officer Mahoney is now under a civilian review board who want him charged for murder.

AZBIGDOG
AZBIGDOG

What? What did I miss? A mayor of a liberal city, white to boot, actually told the people who were at the scene of a shooting, and may have even been shot themselves to man up and give the Police investigating the murder of one of their own the names and/or descriptions of the murderers? How dare he?

sturnman22
sturnman22

Mayor is one-hundred percent correct. Community has duty to cooperate and help the police if they want a safe community. The crime stats tell it all.

Pat1978
Pat1978

Victim blaming....HAHAHAHAHAHA...

Pat1978
Pat1978

Empty PC jargon.

Luisa1948
Luisa1948

The mayor is right.

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

Let them kill each other off. Parents, put your kids in bullet proof clothing and helmets if you let them out. So sick of blaming cops and white people for everything. Idiots

cclaxton
cclaxton

Anti-snitch intimidation is the law in black culture. In DC last year a car pulls up in SW washington DC and between the feuding people exchanged over 100 rounds. Police come to investigate and the closed the case because: nobody saw anything, nobody can recognize those with the guns, nobody can remember what kind of car they were driving, or my favorite: "My eyes aren't that good."

Katarina
Katarina

@LordSeamus: Sad and true. And it is what keeps the thugs in power limiting police and preventing them from putting an end to it. The thugs don't know who talked and who didn't. Better to give law enforcement everything you know to help them put an end to thug rule.

LordSeamus
LordSeamus

@Katarina agreed

pixiepup
pixiepup

I agree with the mayor!

Budman
Budman

I also agree Mayor.