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Man goes around Watertown Square with a mop, erasing the 'Black' from 'Black Lives Matter' sidewalk chalk

Sidewalks in Watertown Square were filled with Black Lives Matter writing in chalk until this afternoon when, as Mary Burns reports a guy with a bucket and mop walked around whitewashing out every single "Black" mention.

Of course, two can play at that game. Jack reports:

There's a bunch of people out here filling everything back in already, if that helps.

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Unrepentant racist acts like a childish bully. Nobody surprised.

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The Armenians in Watertown might be a bit touchy about not having a message simply say "LIVES MATTER" considering they were subject to a brutal genocide at the hands of the Ottoman Empire which modern day Turkey offensively continues to not acknowledge.

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I know for a fact that quite a few Armenian families took part in the protest in the Square.

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Unrepentant but ashamed enough to wear a balaclava in June.

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But it's pretty easy to kick a mop bucket over.

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Don't get me wrong, this mop guy looks like a complete a-hat. But what were the police supposed to respond to?

If anything, the "defacing" of the sidewalk with chalk deserves a bigger response police than the "clean up."

Let's leave the police out of it and make a statement with just how outnumbered he is.

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This is likely a mental health issue.

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Being a raging asshole isn't actually in the DSM.

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but let's not give him a ride back to the Russian consulate either.

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That Russia thing was sorta made-up? Proveably?

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...did you miss the part about the other guy yelling and swearing in her face?

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Or give them a good reason to come...

Either way certainly can't let that stand.

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Can't believe publicly admitting calling the cops for this.

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I'd suspect it was calling the police on the second guy, not the first.

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Yes..to call the police was extreme since they were also writing "defund police" "disband police" and most of the Watertown kids writing this know cops in this town were considered heros after the marathon bombing..SMH

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So should the family of George Floyd feel that everything's ok now because you found some heroic Watertown cops?

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IIRC, wasn't the police response in that shootout widely panned as ineffective and dangerous? Didn't the MBTA officer (whose name is escaping me at the moment) get shot by other officers in the crossfire? and the little brother neutralized the older one when he ran him over trying to flee...

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The Watertown residents were most definitely fans of opening their doors to having AR-15's pointed at their faces while they looked for the marathon bomber around town.

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The orange hood pulled tight like a South Park Kenny cosplay was the best part.

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She called THE COPS? The same outfit that her bff’s are demanding be defunded? The same PD that took on the Tsarnaevs in a running gun battle? (Bet the locals were happy they had cops that night.)

SHE CALLED THE COPS???

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Defunding the police simply means they don't respond to the call in an armored truck with rifles out. It doesn't mean no more police.

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Is that what it means? It sounds to me like it means no funding, and police aren't going to work for free.

If I needed a slogan for no armored trucks or rifles, I'd say demilitarize the police.

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Admittedly it is a poor choice of phrasing.

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You mean the guys that shot one of their own that night, and couldn't even find the guy that they were looking for until a private citizen went out for a smoke?

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stripping an innocent dude naked because he happened to have a darker skin tone so he must have had a bomb.

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What happened with that guy? I remember some locals were crowdsourcing a documentary about it, but never heard more. Afraid to google "naked dude Watertown MA"

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[I saw this at 9:30 this morning; bozo had already left by the time I walked through. Since I was en route from the car repair to my house, I lacked sidewalk chalk.]

Watertown encourages people to use sidewalk chalk, because it's so easily washed away. Our block's sidewalks were filled a couple weeks back, thanking the 3 medical professionals who live here.

The WPD will NEVER respond to complaints about sidewalk chalk unless it's defamatory or uses profanity.

We have a number of (generally elderly) residents who are right wing nut jobs. I live next to one, and two doors down from another. It makes them crazy that most everyone else on the block is either a Democrat or possibly a Socialist.

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The WPD will NEVER respond to complaints about sidewalk chalk unless it's defamatory or uses profanity.

How about responding to a report of someone yelling, cursing, and acting aggressively? Will they respond to that?

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If the quoted position of WPD is accurate it’s an interesting legal issue. Treating speech differently because of its content is an obvious first amendment issue. They can disallow all sidewalk chalk. They cannot choose to allow some and disallow others based on the content. The only really exception is directly threatening speech.

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...if I stand directly in your face and scream at high volume and spray spit, that's got nothing to do with content. Clear?

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And oh, yes, they will come. However, if you're getting cursed at because you accosted someone, as it sounds like in this instance, they'll tell you to walk away. Which I'm pretty sure is what happened.

I've dealt with the dispatchers at WPD (note, I live here), and they ask questions. They know that everyone is stressed out, easily freaked out, and don't want to ratchet any situation up if they can help it. They keep getting calls about the assholes without masks on the Charles River Greenway. They get calls about the kids' sidewalk chalk thanking their teachers. They're getting complaints about lost cat signs on phone poles.

And I'm sure the next patrol through the Square circled through the trolley turnaround to make sure everyone had walked away.

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Do you live near the short, loud, cigar chomping one?

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That he go get laid...but who would (expletive) him?

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A succinct explanation for some of those "very fine people".

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This person is a fixture in right-wing Watertown politics. He shows up to many events and can usually be found using the computers at the library (when it's open). He was around the edges of tonight's vigil as well. I imagine he'll be out there with a mop and bucket again.

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I used to work with seniors in Watertown... wondering if it’s who I think it is

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If his protest (which is his right) is limited to a mop and bucket on public property, that's fine. I disagree with his stance, but as right wing tactics go, this one is pretty docile.

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So we can go draw swastikas around town with chalk? And say this is fine, it's just our viewpoint? That's what we want our children growing up around?

Racist writings, even in chalk is not acceptable in our town.

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The only RW fixture that I can think of in Watertown is about 3 feet tall and 3 feet wide so I'm guessing it's not him.

When I have taken the kids to the WFPL, I have seen a car in the parking lot covered with Trumpesque bumper stickers with stuff like "I Don't Believe the (((MAINSTREAM MEDIA)))" and shit like that...

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Its literally as much his right as the people who put the chalk in the first place. I appreciate how his revision now means that those kids who get their heads chopped off with rusty knives by the cartels in latin america matter. How the uyghurs who are being systemically oppressed in china also matter. I appreciate how it's more inclusive as a result.

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As long as they are not inducing harm on others, I welcome the racists to out themselves.

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