Watch: Boston officers take a knee in response to urging by protesters outside police headquarters

Police said the gesture speaks to “the humanity of our officers and their undeniable desire to act in solidarity with our community.”

As thousands of people peacefully demonstrated in Boston on Tuesday against the killing of George Floyd and other Black Americans by law enforcement, there were moments when police officers showed solidarity with protesters.

Outside the headquarters for the Boston Police Department, officers took a knee in response to calls from protesters. 

In video, Officer Kim Tavares can be seen urging the cheering crowd to do so as well.

“All police officers don’t think the same,” Tavares told WCVB. “Black lives do matter. When you have stuff like this, you still have to show them love.” 

Former Boston City Councilor Tito Jackson praised the moment and thanked the officers for participating. 

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Boston police called the moment a “deep meaning and emotional gesture” that underscores the “the humanity of our officers and their undeniable desire to act in solidarity with our community.”

A similar moment occurred at the Forest Hills MBTA Station, with a few Transit Police officers kneeling in response to calls from demonstrators. 

Boston police said only two individuals were arrested during the course of the evening.

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