On Sunday, the Boston Police Department tweeted out a post celebrating Boston Celtics coach and president Red Auerbach for Black History Month. After an outcry from the public, the tweet was removed and an apology was issued. “BPD realizes that an earlier tweet may have offended some and we apologize for that,” BPD said via a tweet.
On Monday, Mayor Marty Walsh responded to the controversy.
“Yesterday’s tweet from the Boston Police Department was completely inappropriate and a gross misrepresentation of how we are honoring Black History Month in Boston. We are celebrating the accomplishments and limitless contributions of the Black community to our city and the entire country, from Harriet Tubman to great leaders of today such as Chief Justice Ireland, artists like New Edition and Michael Bivins, powerful activists including Mel King and Superintendent Lisa Holmes, the first African-American woman to lead the Boston Police Academy training program. I am personally committing to the people of Boston that we will always honor our Black leaders, activists and trailblazers with the respect they deserve, not just in February, but every day and every month of the year.”