Officials Support City Councilor Andrea Campbell After BPPA Twitter Feud


BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Leaders across the Commonwealth are showing their support for a Boston City Councilor after a public Twitter feud with the city's police union.

The interaction began when the Boston Police Patrolmen's Association (BPPA) tweeted at Boston City Councilor Andrea Campbell for her decision to hold up $1.2 million in BPD grant funding pending additional review.

The Boston mayoral candidate responded by bringing up the departments handling of the case of former union President Patrick Rose, who is facing dozens of accusations of child molestation and abuse spanning over decades from six alleged victims.

The police union fired back at Campbell by accusing her of hypocrisy, tweeting "there’s a lil’ saying about people who live in glass houses which seems incredibly appropriate at this time. And, if I were you, when the topic of discussion turns to enabling criminals, you and your credibility would be best served by recusing yourself or @ nobody."

While not written directly, the tweet appeared to reference Campbell's relationship with her brother Alvin, who is currently facing charges of rape from several women, accused of posing as an Uber driver.

The remark from the police union subsequently sparked a wave of backlash from several elected officials in the city -- who expressed support for Campbell after what many described as a personal attack that was not relevant to the conversation.

Massachusetts Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley tweeted that the "racism and vitriol" directed at Campbell and other women of color leading the city from the BPPA are quote, "absolutely unacceptable."

Acting Boston Mayor Kim Janey agreed with Pressley, writing in a tweet that the remarks are "abhorrent and cannot stand."

Campbell also received support from Massachusetts State Representative Liz Miranda and fellow City Councilor and Mayoral Candidate Michelle Wu -- who both called for changes to be made in the department.

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

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Written by Rachel Armany

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