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Police union says it isn't boycotting anybody, but calls on its members to boycott somebody

The Boston Police Patrolmen's Association today called on its members to boycott a Lower Mills taco place whenever a particular bartender is on duty because of the way she tangled with cops while protesting white supremacists in Copley Square over the weekend. Only problem: She hasn't worked there since 2018.

In a tweet, the union said it objects to the woman's Instagram post about the Copley Square protest and counter-protest and said they should avoid Yellow Door Tacos, which also has an outlet in the South End and which is co-owned by Ken Casey of the Dropkick Murphys, at least when she is on duty:

In a statement, though, Yellow Door says:

The individual identified in the tweet has not been an employee of Yellow Door Taqueria since 2018. We have no further comment.

BPD detectives, who are trained to research people's backgrounds, have their own union and do not belong to the BPPA.

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I hadn't previously heard of Yellow Door Taco, but the fact that I can be guaranteed to not encounter any police there makes me want to check it out.

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Ken Casey of the Dropkick Murphys.

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The Dropkick Murphys? Oh that Fit For Abuse side project?

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That goofballs no good either nor are his "associates".

Just find a small shop and don't go to a place owned by corporate white dudes masking as rough-around-the-edges Local Heroes.

The only reason the BPPA apologized is because of who the owner was and that cops LOVE that whole phony irish bagpipe thing.

This woman should sue the $%&@ out of those retired goons for repeated harassment.

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Tacos

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BPD already pepper sprayed, clubbed, and groped the woman - as she recounts in the screen shot the union shares - how much more retribution does a group of individuals getting paid 6 figures need on people who have seen their income streams collapse in the last 7 months? For squeezing a pig toy in their faces?

What weak, fragile little humans, the BPPA is. I can’t imagine why anyone would want to defund an organization with this high-level of professionalism.

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And notice that their post doesn't refute anything she wrote, just states that they are boycotting her for writing it.

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And how dumb do you have to be to screenshot an accusation against members for brutality and groping and then blast it out for the media and public to see? And then include a comment that is not a denial, but further harassment against an individual and her employer?

”We totally beat, pepper sprayed, and groped this woman, but let’s make sure she can’t pay rent!”

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Maybe it's a diversion tactic before more news come out about the former BPPA president who was charged with pedophilia in August? BTW, whatever happened to that guy? Does the BPPA cares to tweet about that?

https://www.bostonglobe.com/2020/08/12/metro/former-bppa-president-patri...

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Why would the current BPPA President talk about a retired police president does that make sense come out of your parents basement and breath some clean air or better yet bathe And hopefully the next time one of you idiots needs 911 make sure to call a protester

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Oh, I know, we need to let the justice system do its work.

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Uh, okay there.

I suppose we can extend your line of questioning as to why the BPPA would talk about a citizen exercising their Constitutionally protected right of free speech. That doesn't make much sense, does it?

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You will see the highest paid salaries ever in 2020 for police.

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They're talking about the income streams of the people being attacked by the police. We're all too aware that the police are still getting paid a ton.

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They should collapse if this is an example of what we are paying for here.

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Mostly because they set up shop by 'guarding' dispensaries from, I don't know, bandits or something? Another classic grift by the men in blue.

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But before she did, I quickly scanned it and didn't find either her last name or her place of employment, so.

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These are the same people we expect to enforce restraining orders protecting vulnerable women who are being cyber stalked and harassed by abusers and misogynists?

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I'm due for Mexican food.

NOM NOM MOTHER(EXPLETIVE) NOM

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post by the police union is in such poor taste. who cares what you idiots think about anything?unfortunately social media makes them think someone gives a hoot. I suppose this day and age it is better to know what morons are up to/ thinking about, but that doesn't make it any less goddamn tiresome. if the police knew you were a liberal, they wouldn't answer your 911 call--big deal, tell us something we don't know cops.

I'm not a defund the police guy, but I would like them to be better muzzled until such time as they can be counted on to speak with "dignity and respect" about the people they serve.

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When will various organizations start designating these brutality fraternities for certain public employees what they are: hate groups?

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Isn't the Boston Police Patrolmen's Association the union that elected a pedophile as its president? Innocent, etc.

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How remarkably petty. There is nothing particularly bad about the post the union screen shot. She refers to "racist cops" and claims she was pepper sprayed, hit with batons, and groped. It's easy to verify that at least the first two happened to some protesters and the union's post doesn't accuse her of making false statements, so what is the point of this?

They're going to publicly shame and boycott anyone who criticizes them? That only works when there is reason for someone to be shamed.

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The money shot from the incident

Woman in photo holding squeaking toy pig in officer's face: “He’s about to f-----g snap, aren’t you?”
Cop: “I’m married, I’m used to this.”

BPD for the win

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Dunno, if I was a cop and my wife constantly squeezed a toy pig in my face, i'd do some soul searching before I got used to it..

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Cops suck so bad even their wives hate them. And aren’t cops way more likely than others to be wife beaters? That’s what studies have shown.

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I wonder if that cop is part of the 40%?

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Is that the "winning" story that was posted by the incels over on Turtleboy?

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Nope, nope, nope.

Any politician who doesn't come out against this has lost my vote. And any cop who doesn't understand why this is a bad look for the profession is clueless.

This is a straight up abuse of power and exactly why these people are protesting.

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BPPA, please define boycott for me. I'll wait.

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Patrolman Association friends, while we have you on the line... When you are done bullying city residents who make a fraction of your wage, could you please explain to us the rationale for the 27 BPD employees who made over $300K last year and the 531 officers who earned more than the Mayor’s $199k?

Please remember who pays you.

https://data.boston.gov/dataset/employee-earnings-report/resource/3bdfe6...

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Most of these fools barely graduated high school yet are making 300k. The most overpaid group in the world and it’s not even close.

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This is the sort of petty crap people are sick of no matter who is doing it.

The guy who owns this donut shop has a cop who is a father so we should not shop there. Yellow Dog has a bartender who says mean things about cops so we should not go there. So and so did what and what to someone other person in 1983 so we should not buy our peppermints at his shop.

This irks me as much as the people calling for Starbucks boycotts because one barissta said something rude to some cop in Iowa. If owners of companies are the target I am fine with it but seriously can we just stop it with this constant outing of regular every day people?

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to jump on to explain that while they're not defending or endorsing this behavior, they'd like everyone to know that it's not actually illegal.

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I can't tell who posted first - BPPA or turtleboy, but I would not be surprised if there was a large overlap between BPPA and the grossness that is turtleboysports.

Edit: oops, this was supposed to be a top level reply.

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Not to get off-topic but I though Turtleboy was anti-cop? They always post those idiot 'auditor' videos where people harass the police and videotape them hoping they'll respond in force. Either way, they're buffoons so I'm sure there is an overlap.

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...needs to banned from the entire Internet. They are in clear violation of their own ISP's Terms of Service for bullying and incendiary tactics. I wouldn't be surprised if they are affiliated with the K-Trump K-loving K-tards.

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I've called out two FB friends for sharing his content.

One said "I love when you comment on my page" and unfriended me days later. She's marrying an acquaintance of mine, and is not a player in my daily life.

The other told me that I "live alone and don't care about anyone but myself." I was not offended, and have known this person for many years, and like them.

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to its comment section and you can see its demo speaking its mind.

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The owner of Patty's Pantry on Dot Ave was a Menino supporter. The police were in the middle of a contract negotiation and Menino wasn't giving them what they wanted. So they boycotted Patty's, formerly a hangout for cops. The place was sold a couple of years later and the a-holes extended the boycott to the new owner.

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Illegal to boycott a business tho?

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We're not complaining because this stuff is illegal. We're complaining because it's an abuse of power by a group that's been regularly abusing their power and getting away with it.

But sure, it's not strictly illegal. You got me there.

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It's not even clear if she even still works at Yellow Door Taqueria.

The screenshot they're using is from a 2018 episode of a public access/webcast show that ran in Milton called "Broad Appeal" which highlights women in their careers.

https://broadappealtv.com/patricia-gervasi-of-gervasi-co-on-how-she-beca...

According to Ms. O'Grady's LinkedIn profile, she's been working as a social worker for the past 2 years helping asylum seekers who have survived torture/trauma while obtaining her Masters at Simmons.

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In a statement, though, Yellow Door says:

The individual identified in the tweet has not been an employee of Yellow Door Taqueria since 2018. We have no further comment.

I called it.

BPPA, you fucking imbeciles...

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Well, I guess this explains why BPD hardly solves any crimes. They couldn't even bother to verify if Ms. O'Grady was still employed by Yellow Door Taqueria. And well, we already know the BPPA's stance on abuse of power, supporting white supremacy and electing a pedofile as their president its no surprise they support Trump. Nothing to see here folks!

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The woman has not worked at the taco place since 2018.

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but shouldn't the members of the BPPA include some, you know, actual detectives?

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They have their own union I believe, but for some blockhead to scream Boycott! without actually do the detective work means this muttonhead will never be you know, an actual detective.

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Different groups have knocked you down stepped on your face slandered your name all over the place and you want to bully a waitress for stepping on your blue suede shoes.

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But we're also ass-on-fire desperate to bully or boycott somebody, and we really don't even care if it's the right person.

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It's the fact that those morons from Super Happy Jerkoffs are laughing their asses off at the controversy that they created and was enhanced by them, the cops and the counter protesters.

Again.

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...is that when a homophobic hate group shows up in town, no one should protest.

Got it.

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That's not how I read that. I read it as the repercussions/fallout we're dealing with are a part of their goals: make taxpayers spend as much money as possible. And as this one is spinning out of control past the one day, their goal seems to have been met.

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"...and was enhanced by them, the cops and the counter protesters." So what's your solution? Should the communities attacked by this group stay quietly at home?

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Brian is merely pointing out those guys are getting off on any reaction.

I don't have a solution except for jerks like the Stupid Happy Idiots to go by the way of the dodo.

Your beef is not with me.

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Brian is merely pointing out those guys are getting off on any reaction.

And he finds this hilarious, apparently.

NO SHIT they're "getting off on any reaction". That's what bullies do. Sideline-sitting preachy people blather worthless platitudes at people who are the bullies' targets, but contrary to sideline-sitter opinions, they don't just go away if you ignore them. Oppressed communities understand that. Upstanders understand that. Bystanders...point and laugh, like it's all just there to amuse them.

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I made those idiots look like the goofs they are with only one question that two million people watched?

Without the useless violence and the cops and that asshole Rod Webber?

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but they’re also 3 of the biggest goofs I’ve ever met. Three weeks ago they had a Kyle Rittenhouse rally in NH. 6 people showed up. So what does Hugo do?

He throws another right wing pity party in the town where he knows a bunch of social media obsessed protesters will show up and give him the attention he doesn’t get sitting in a dispatcher’s cage 5 days a week at Green Cab.

And for what?

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to Yellow Door Taqueria. The former boycott target is now "fine folks and management."

"That's some mighty fine police work there, Lou."

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They did not take down the original tweet, and they used this one to continue their stuck-pig bellyaching.

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that's egg.

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To the Yellow Door, not to the woman, of course, whose name and picture they retweeted.

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I've heard long term police are getting sick of the hassles they are getting. Apparently they believe that like their cowardly lion in D.C. they are above the law. Now that the heat is on them to act as equals instead of legal thugs they are whining and quitting.

Courage is needed to deal with bad guys. But is a different courage is needed to be humble. Good police are humble; bad police are not.

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and I suggest you guys call tomorrow when they open. The phone number is 617-635-4500.

This is the second time in recent weeks they've pulled this BS. They got a kid who worked at a hardware store in Allston fired a few weeks ago because they thought he oinked at them.

This is beyond the pale though. They used OUR tax dollars to investigate someone who was exercising her first amendment rights to dox and use targeted harassment against her and an innocent place of business because they THOUGHT she still worked there. Not only was this woman, beaten, maced and groped by these "public servants" but they since they couldn't arrest her for expressing her first amendment rights they decided they would find another way to "punish" her for using her voice.

Not only that but the goddamned Trumpers in this state are racist af and the cops siccing them on a woman of color and a Mexican restaurant opens up a whole NEW set of problems that the cops - who are supposed to STOP people from harassing strangers - are actively encouraging it.

This is absolutely despicable behavior and we should demand better of the people we entrust to be police in this city.

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This is totally unprofessional. Police are taxpayer-funded public servants. The job is to enforce the law, not harass citizens for perfectly legal and constitutionally protected speech. If they can't be objective and impartial then they are in the wrong line of work. I'm fine with unions collectively bargaining for fair wages and work/life balance, but discipline and accountability should not be up for negotiation.

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every minute the BPPA chucklefucks spend having slap-fights on Twitter is one minute they can't spend raping kids or beating protestors. And they handled this one so comically badly that they basically just gift-wrapped the lawsuit this poor woman is going to win against the city. They screwed it up so badly that even FISH isn't in here offering to carry their jockstraps. Hell, they screwed it up so badly that an enterprising DA could probably hit them with a RICO charge.

On the other hand, this poor woman has probably had her life destroyed in the short term. Businesses would fear reprisal from the cops for hiring her, and I'll bet you anything she's getting harassed by cops on the regular. Does she have a GoFundMe or something?

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But she allegedly spit in a black cops face so she isn’t getting anything from anyone (that means the VS white women from West Roxbury). This union has lawyers up the ying yang and are basically untouchable.

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Funny the union doesn’t mention any spitting (this event happened 2 days ago) and this rumor surfaced pretty much only here *after* the BPPA humiliates itself and its members.

To resurrect and old internet adage, pics or it didn’t happen.

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I mean blowing her saliva at the mask of a black officer. Go ask him.

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I’ll just read your mind to know who you are talking about and drive over to his house and ask him. Sounds super credible.

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Of course I don’t know some anonymous police officer who, according to an anonymous internet commenter, allegedly had his face spit in...until all of a sudden the story changed to “it wasn’t *real* spitting, just saliva spewed from yelling”.

But O’Grady is wearing a mask in the photo. And cops are wearing masks in the photo. But we should just accept the convenient timing and story changing of this “alleged” (your word) incident happening to this totally-not-make-believe officer?

I mean if there is one thing that 2020 has taught us, it’s that cops never lie to justify/cover up their own bad behavior.

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Lesson is you can believe what you want. Your anonymous so you opinion is as worthless as mine. The woman “protesting” white supremacy yelling at police Officer was not. That’s her choice.

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The woman “protesting” white supremacy yelling at police Officer was not.

What does this even mean?

I will guess you mean that she “was not” wearing a mask. But she was. There is a picture in this very post provided by the BPPA of O’Grady wearing a mask.

Do you have photos that suggest otherwise? Again, pics or it didn’t happen.

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that their officers wear cameras that are filming their interactions with civilians at all times. But it’s up to the accused to provide us with evidence, or else she’s lying?

The “thin blue line” bullshit is transparently that, and there’s nothing making you stick up for these worthless sacks of shit. Your enthusiasm to do so is telling.

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But she allegedly spit in a black cops face

Who's alleging this apart from you? And what's your evidence?

Sounds like you just made some shit up to try and muddy the waters but the stench is clinging to you.

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Those Libertarian ideals are looking a little less like a punchline today, huh?

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Who orders martinis at a Mexican restaurant?

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fancyish Yanqui-Mex place with a serious cocktail program. I wouldn't hesitate to order a Martini there.

I generally prefer my tacos from places like Taqeuria El Amigo, Rincon Mexicano, Taqueria Jalisco, La Victoria, Angela's Cafe, et. al., with Mexican ex-pat chefs in the kitchen and $3 a taco.

I haven't been to the Yellow Door yet in either Lower Mills or the South End, but have admired their chef in previous stints (she was the opening chef at haley.henry, for one.) Its tacos are $5-$6 a pop, with options like duck or scallops.

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Don't you mean tin can collector?

I kid, I kid.

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taco.

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...but only after they got publicly embarrassed here and here.

I consider adding to the ratio and reporting them for harassment my civic duty.

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