DA Tries Dropping Charges Against People Who Assaulted Cops, Judge Denies Motion

Boston police were confronted by protesters during the Straight Pride Parade on Saturday.

Boston, MA – Suffolk District Attorney Rachael Rollins has accused Boston Municipal Court Judge Richard Sinnott of “overstepping his role,” after he refused to dismiss charges against many of the three dozen protesters who were arrested at a "Straight Pride Parade" on Saturday.

Four Boston police officers were injured during altercations with angry protesters, many of whom were antifa who accused police of unjustly protecting those who were participating in the parade, the Boston Globe reported.

Some of the protesters blocked roadways to prevent motorcycle officers from being able to disperse the unruly crowd.

Protesters also attacked officers with “bottles of urine, bottles of chemicals, bottles of unidentified materials and rocks,” Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association (BPPA) Vice President Lawrence Calderone told WBUR.

Police deployed pepper spray during some of the altercations that ensued, and 36 people were ultimately arrested, the Boston Globe reported.

On Tuesday, Sinnott repeatedly denied nearly every attempt prosecutors made to dismiss charges against those arrested during the clashes.

One of the cases involved a 26-year-old man who allegedly formed a human chain with other protesters.

Prosecutor Jessica Erickson told the judge that the suspect’s behavior was “not appropriate,” but she argued that the community would not be any safer as a result of prosecuting him.

“Not appropriate?” Sinnott responded before refusing to dismiss the charge. “It sounds like he picked up the wrong fork at dinner.”

Sinnott agreed to dismiss only two pending cases on Tuesday – one against a 31-year-old man charged with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct, and another against a 63-year-old woman from Vermont accused of disorderly conduct, the Boston Globe reported.

Rollins blasted Sinnott for failing to bend to her office’s whims, and defended the prosecutors’ attempts to have the charges dismissed.

“The judge punished the exercise of individuals’ First Amendment right to protest,” the district attorney declared. “For those people now tangled in the criminal justice system for exercising their right to free speech — many of whom had no prior criminal record — I will use the legal process to remedy the judge’s overstepping of his role.”

A second judge, Judge Thomas Horgan, also refused to dismiss assault and battery on a peace officer charges against three protesters on Tuesday, the Boston Globe reported.

Horgan did allow them to be released on their own recognizance, and prohibited them from going to the downtown area except for work obligations.

Former U.S. District Judge Nancy Gertner said that prosecutors are the ones “in complete charge of the charges that he or she wishes to bring or decline,” WBUR reported.

“The judge is doing something that is lawless,” Gertner alleged. “The judge is pushing back, and the judge has no right to do that…The judge doesn't make criminal justice policy. That's not for him to make."

Defense attorney Christopher Basso said he is representing some of the protesters voluntarily.

“I think the general flavor of the room is that not even the district attorney’s office is deeply invested in these cases,” he told the Boston Globe.

U.S. Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ayanna Pressley have both thrown their support behind the protesters, and urged others to follow their lead by donating to a fund to pay for their legal expenses.

Over $24,600 has been donated to the fund so far.

But Calderone said he was happy to learn that the judges are allowing the cases to proceed, WBUR reported.

He noted that four officers were injured during alterations with the protesters, and that they are all off the streets recovering from their injuries.

"We're here to make sure that the DA prosecutes all of these offenders to the fullest extent of the law," Calderone told reporters outside the courthouse. "That's what we're looking for."

The union vice president said that many of the people who were arrested are not even residents of the Boston area.

“We think that these offenders that are here, most of them outside of the city of Boston, not residents of Boston, came here as agitators,” Calderone told the Boston Globe. “Here for a specific reason, here to create havoc, not only for the Police Department but for the general citizenry that are around, for the visitors that are in downtown Boston trying to enjoy the last weekend of the summer.”

During the parade, self-proclaimed antifa member John Crowley said that violence was the only way to handle those who were marching in the Straight Pride Parade, FOX News reported.

“We’re covered in black so when we attack these guys we can’t be prosecuted,” Crowley boasted. “They are fascists, 100 percent. How else are you going to get them to shut up?”

Meanwhile, videos showing officers deploying pepper spray during altercations with the protesters have led to complaints about how police handled the situation, the Boston Globe reported.

On Sunday, Boston Mayor Martin Walsh issued a statement assuring everyone that his office takes “any accusation of police misconduct seriously.”

Walsh further alleged that the Straight Pride Parade organizers were the ones who caused discord by holding their event in the first place.

“I also want to be clear that sowing division between people is exactly the goal of Straight Pride organizers, and I will not stand for it,” Walsh said, according to the Boston Globe. “Just as the people of Boston work to make our values of love, inclusion, and acceptance known to all, our public safety officials work tirelessly to keep people safe from harm every single day of the year, and that will never change.”

Approximately 200 marchers participated in Saturday’s parade from Copley Square to City Hall Plaza.

They were confronted by approximately 600 protesters along the way.

Most of the 36 people facing charges in connection with the parade protest are due back in court in November, WBUR reported.

Comments (82)
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BerettaAPX
BerettaAPX

The leftists want theirs to be the only voices or opinions allowed.. They demand you think like them and if you dont they think violence is justified.. These are the same people who want to disarm you and nueter the police..

johnnycab23513
johnnycab23513

The fascists are th ones wearing masks. The masks mark the people who lack courage!

Justretired
Justretired

Why cover your face? Is it because they're are at every protest stirring up s#$t across the country.

JBo
JBo

"The judge doesn't make criminal justice policy."

Neither does the DA and the DA would do well to remember that.

Danimyl
Danimyl

“They are fascists, 100 percent. How else are you going to get them to shut up?” You just can't make up this kind of stupidity.

LEO0301
LEO0301

The arrests had absolutely nothing to do with free speech. Say what you want, have different opinions, but under no circumstances do you have the right to touch another person because you disagree with their stance. I'm very pleased to see the judges did the right thing. The DA's office, on the other hand, should be ashamed for failing to prosecute crimes. After all, isn't that their job? And the mayor acting all upset that someone, other than a gay transvestite, voicing their constitutional rights is a joke. A typical liberal who believes only they have that right....smh.

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

The prosecutor trying to show up the judge. How about that. She better know her role too. And AOC and this other bitch “throw their support behind the protestors?” Since when do politicians egg on trouble and disorder? Also where in the constitution does it say it’s ok to assault law enforcement or anyone as a part of “the right to protest”? It was put in there for peoples rights, and that ends when they start acting in disorderly ways and can’t jeep their hand to themselves. Fucking idiots.

njbud
njbud

Of course the DA is a Democrat . . .

NH.Corr
NH.Corr

We are not taking this shit in BeanTown!! You want to come here and play then lets play but be prepared to lose!!!

GForce48
GForce48

Further proof that we can no longer entrust our collective security into the hands of Dems/libs/socialists as they don't have our safety and security as a priority for the American citizenry.

seaker of truth
seaker of truth

“We’re covered in black so when we attack these guys we can’t be prosecuted,” Crowley boasted. “They are fascists, 100 percent. How else are you going to get them to shut up?” That's like saying bank robbers cover their faces so they can't be prosecuted for standing up to capitalism by robbing ranks.

Bstn
Bstn

"The judge punished the exercise of individuals’ First Amendment right to protest,” the district attorney declared. “For those people now tangled in the criminal justice system for exercising their right to free speech — many of whom had no prior criminal record — I will use the legal process to remedy".......Protests are to be peaceful without interrupting traffic, blocing streets or assaulting citizens or officers, once these idiots used force they are no loger excersising their Ist Ammendant rights they are now committing crimes and need to be prosecuted to learn a lesson and maybe, just maybe next time they will behave at their protest...Time these little kids (thats what they act like) in Antifa get what they deserve & thats prosecution!!

seaker of truth
seaker of truth

The parade people had a permit to march in the street. Those blocking the route did not have legal right to block the flow of traffic of any kind. So who was in he wrong here? And the DA wants to drop all charges against those who were throwing urin, bottles and rocks at police officers? Is it possible that she is a strong left wing sympathizer. Is it possible that she struck a deal with the protesters prior to their riotous actions. Is she as complicit as they?

LynnSB
LynnSB

Well Well Well TWO OUTSTANDING JUDGES >> "Judge Richard Sinnott & Judge Thomas Horgan" Thank God we still have a few Judges that up hold the Law and Protect our Police Officers -- All 36 of these SOB's need to go to Jail !! Enough of this BS of Abusing our Officers -- AND About damn time that a Mayor has a Backbone and is standing for his Officers too !!!

NoBrainsInGovernment
NoBrainsInGovernment

I'm guessing the marchers had applied, and were approved, for the proper permits? The mayor needs to sit down and shut up. As for ANTIFA, cowards every last one of them. AOC continues to flagrantly parade her anti-American sentiments.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

none of those attacks sound real. matta fact, the reports sound just like the false ones that came out of Portland saying people were being attacked with kwikrete.

2jazzyj
2jazzyj

Walsh further alleged that the Straight Pride Parade organizers were the ones who caused discord by holding their event in the first place.

“I also want to be clear that sowing division between people is exactly the goal of Straight Pride organizers, and I will not stand for it,” Walsh said.

So.............. they can have a gay pride parade and that's okay?

Tim_H
Tim_H

It doesn't matter what the subject of the parade was. Whether it is Gay Pride, Straight Pride, the Klan, Nazi/Skin Heads, Black Panthers, BLM, Democrats, Republicans, PETA, NAMBLA, or Cons for Kids, Police are the ones caught in the middle and forced to protect the First Amendment Rights of those they may personally find repugnant or admirable. The officers are the ones charged with keeping the peace regardless of their own personal feelings and beliefs. When protesters become violent (towards police or the event), the Police are the ones caught in the middle and doing the bleeding. The DA's Office has a duty to prosecute those who become violent (towards the police or towards the event) just like the police do, regardless of its sentiment toward the event/demonstration. The cops don't have a choice, they have to be there whether they want to or not. Do your job and prosecute those who became violent, period.

SARick
SARick

What a bunch of black-cloth covered pu**ies. Two-faced idiots who believe that only have have the right to protest. By the way, to the uninformed, you have a right to "peacably assemble."

rds40
rds40

APC and her clown car should be seen as terrorists . Destruction of this country is her aim.

jopajava1963
jopajava1963

Ruining discord for having a straight pride parade? But it's ok for the gays to have their parade complete with chaps and dildos.

Jeff1245
Jeff1245

I do not see a difference in straight pride or gay pride ,just that straight pride folks are likely not out their with their asses hanging out trying to push that they are all that is right,as far as prosecuting those that committed unlawful acts ,they should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law....Freedom of speech works both ways not just for those that think others have no rights to say or do anything that offends them ....It really offends me that they can walk around half naked with children able to see and also these groups of transgenders reading to children in our libraries....Where is our right to say anything?Antifa needs to be put out of commission....They are nothing more than domestic terrorists and any fool can see what they are about.

Stanracer
Stanracer

I believe in freedom of speech but if these protesters assaulted police officers, that's breaking the law and they should be prosecuted. He judge was right.

Georgiaboy9009
Georgiaboy9009

Ok a large part of me is thankful that these people are LGBT, because I shudder to think of the result of these people breeding. The fact that they can hear their own words and find nothing wrong is reason enough. Based off their views, a person participating in a LGBT Pride Parade should be applauded and praised for their courage while those that protest should be prosecuted for hate crimes. While those same views consider a person participating in a Straight Pride Parade as a fascist, racist, or white supremacist (did not know that me being straight made me a racist nor was I aware only white supremacists were straight) along with the parade itself being a form of hate speech directed towards the LGBT community, while those that protest should be rallied behind and innocent of any wrong doing because they are the victim .... Thank you for solidifying my concerns that common sense has become so rare that it can be considered a superpower.

AnnykaV
AnnykaV

So Straight pride is divisive, but gay pride is not. Check.

Brian N
Brian N

Free speech only applies to the left, according to these assholes

bronx163
bronx163

Just like nyc. Prosecutors only prosecute cops and people who disrupt the left.

Sailor
Sailor

Antifa is a terrorist organization.

tfort
tfort

First: The judge does not bring charges. Once again, our judicial system is being destroyed right before our eyes.

Second: Look at history. Most major changes that have occurred required violence. Our history over the last 250 years is a prime example.

Third: Who cares about masks, at this point we are going to have to cancel Halloween because every child is a fascists. Don’t forget the cops who cover their faces and names.

Fourth: Stop it with all these parades. All the are for is to make people mad.

magnumforc
magnumforc

Any wonder? She wants all shoplifting and drug charges to be dropped and such acts decriminalized. Looking out for her 'hood.

Mrs10
Mrs10

Why can't I be proud to be straight? Why does that automatically mean I hate those who are not straight?

This is complete insanity! If anyone gets tired of this crap we can always use great officers and great people here in Oklahoma!

PhillyBlue
PhillyBlue

You know shits going downhill when the judge has to prosecute the case because your DA is a spineless lefty

pbm4jc
pbm4jc

"Prosecutor Jessica Erickson told the judge that the suspect’s behavior was 'not appropriate,' but she argued that the community would not be any safer as a result of prosecuting him."

First of all, how in the world can she predict if these animals will not pose any threat to the community in the future? Secondly, you prosecute the crime, not what they may or may not do in the future. Third, who the hell does she thinks she is? Her job is to prosecute, not exonerate (Remember, Mueller's usage of this term?).

Hqubts
Hqubts

There are two sides to every discussion- that's why we have the 1st amendment. I applaud the judge. Heaven knows that if it had been reversed circumstances they'd be calling for the dogs of hell onto the heads of all anti-s.

adammcculler
adammcculler

Why exactly does DA Rachel Rollins think she's immune from disbarment?!

LanetaJane16
LanetaJane16

The protesters can have "free" speech but that doesn't give them the right to physically harm law enforcement. The judge is right, don't dismiss the charges, there are consequences to their actions. Something many have forgotten.

tfort
tfort

No one said you couldn’t be proud to be straight. No one said you automatically hated people who are not straight.

Please read the article.