It’s Tax Day and that means tax day protests from the Tea Party and the inevitable counter-protests and now one Tea Party speaker told a group of LGBT activists that they would not be “silenced by faggots”. Next time, guys, pelt him with cigarette butts. According to the Daily Kos “Reports from attendees were that in response to disturbances by protestors, one of the speakers said from the podium, broadcast across the loud speakers at the Commons, ‘We will not be silenced by faggots.’”
Police were apparently dispatched to break up the counter-protest. They were there to protest against the presence of anti-gay activist Scott Lively. During police breakup of the protest, one incident of possible police brutality occurred. The protester in the above picture (credited to Paul Weiskel) told Back2Stonewall that:
Two of our protesters were arrested, and I moved away from the crowd to show solidarity with them and follow as they were arrested. After that, I moved back into the crowd, and a Tea Partier knocked the wig off my head. I picked it up said to him “Why do you think it’s okay to knock my wig off my head?” He replied “Oh, my hand slipped.”
I was going to continue talking to him but then the officer in the picture approached me and said “okay, take your shit and get out of here,” shoving me back. I said to him “Don’t shove me.” He then said “Don’t shove you!?” and then choked me, for a short period of time. My comrades reacted pretty quick, taking those pictures, getting his badge number, etc. He was rough with several other people, grabbing one of my comrades’ phone out of his hand when he tried to take a picture etc.
Boston PD spokeswoman Elaine Discoll stated:
“The department will need an appropriate amount of time to properly determine the context of the photo and what took place before and after. . .The aggressive nature of these individuals required officers to call for numerous additional units to respond. As we always do after a day of aggressive protests, the department will review all of the activity that took place during the course of the day including the photos that have surfaced from the event.”