Black And White Boston Clergy Hold Vigil For Ambushed L.A. Officers

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — A prayer vigil was held in front of the Hero Wall outside Boston Police Headquarters Wednesday, where both Black and white clergy members denounced the recent ambush on two Los Angeles Sheriffs deputies.

"When officers that do the right thing are violently attacked in the execution of their duties, we in the Black community are going to defend the officers, and condemn the violence."

Reverend Mark Scott said they were in attendance to pray for Black lives lost to police violence, but they also found it important to pray for law enforcement who do their job right every day.

"Because as soon as there's a mistake... or something wrong or criminal happens, then we'll recognize that. We'll be out in force, and we should; that's appropriate," Rev. Scott said. "It's wrong not to have a balanced, even-handed presentation of just the simple facts."

Mayor Marty Walsh and Boston Police Commissioner William Gross were also at the vigil for the officers, who are now recovering from the attack in Compton last week.

Commissioner Gross said he appreciated the local clergy for praying for law enforcement, adding that not all officers are the same, but he feels like they get painted with the same brush.

"It's just disheartening when you have a mother and her partner just sitting in their marked cruiser, to get ambushed like that," he said. "It's disheartening the amount of hate there is out there."

WBZ NewsRadio's James Rojas (@JamesRojasWBZ) reports:

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