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Boston leaders, clergy speak out after violence against police

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a group of people posing for the camera: Religious leaders in Boston held a prayer service and news conference on Sept. 16, 2020. © Provided by WCVB Boston Religious leaders in Boston held a prayer service and news conference on Sept. 16, 2020.

Boston leaders and local members of clergy spoke out Wednesday about the recent ambush of two Los Angeles sheriffs last weekend.

The group, including Mayor Marty Walsh, District Attorney Rachael Rollins and Boston Police Commissioner William Gross, gathered outside Boston police headquarters to pray for the two victims and also the families of Black men and women killed at the hands of police in recent months.

Black clergy members are urging the community to express support for the vast majority of police officers who they say risk their lives daily to protect neighborhoods.

They're calling on elected officials and leaders in the Black Lives Matter movement to keep up their work to end systemic racism but also speak up when good police are victims of violence.

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“Black leadership across the country: We can’t just show up one time, and then when there is a mother, a 31-year-old mother ambushed and there is silence, that is a disgrace and at best, it is hypocrisy,” said the Rev. Eugene Rivers.

The group says when police officers are at fault and harm others, they should be held accountable and prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

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