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Boston police commissioner releases statement after visit from AG William Barr criticized

City Councilor Michelle Wu had called the meeting "a disgrace to our city & a breach of trust to our communities."

Boston Police Commissioner William Gross released a statement after U.S. Attorney General William Barr visited his department and met with him Thursday.

Just prior to Gross’s statement, city Councilor Michelle Wu had strongly criticized the meeting, saying on Twitter, “This is a disgrace to our city & a breach of trust to our communities.”

“Defund whatever the hell this is,” Councilor Andrea Campbell also said on Twitter.

Read Gross’s statement, in full, below:

“As Police Commissioner, I often have to put my personal feelings aside. The top law enforcement official in the country requested a meeting with the Boston Police Department and I would rather take the opportunity to educate someone on what we are doing in Boston on how we value and work with the community, and how we support our officers in this work, than close a door. A meeting does not mean I agree with his policies in any way, but I hope he walked away knowing a little more about ours.”

Update: Later Thursday evening, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh weighed in on Twitter:

Update: Gross also held a press conference expanding on his statement:

BPD Commissioner William Gross is making a statement about today’s surprise visit from AG William Barr

BPD Commissioner William Gross is making a statement about today’s surprise visit from AG William Barr https://bit.ly/2BhjJaW

Posted by WCVB Channel 5 Boston on Thursday, June 18, 2020

Update: City Councilors Ricardo Arroyo and Julia Mejia, state Attorney General Maura Healey, and Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley also commented on the meeting:

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