People came to Holy Name Rotary in West Roxbury for the second straight Monday to standi in vigil for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and other blacks killed by police.
There were not quite as many demonstrators at last week. One thing that was new this week, though, were people holding signs reading "Defund the police" - something that was not an issue in the fast-moving discussion about civil rights and racial justice just a week ago, at least not in West Roxbury.
Also noticeably different: The police presence. Where last week, BPD was ready to rumble with rioters - with 40 helmeted, baton-wielding cops guarding the E-5 police station and the neighboring 7-Eleven and with motorcycle cops from surrounding suburbs roaring through the rotary just in case a fake "Antifa" flier was real, which it wasn't, today only four or five officers, none with helmets on, none clutching batons with both hands stood in front of the station. And while the motorcycle cops returned, they stayed well out of sight, cooling their motors down at the Roche Bros. parking lot.
And the barriers that kept people from even walking on the sidewalk in front of the station or down West Roxbury Parkway to Belgrade Street were pushed back, letting people walk on and hold signs right in front of the station.
The 7-Eleven ,though, was still clad in plywood (as was the 7-Eleven more than a mile away down on Spring Street):
The vigil was sponsored by Progressive West Roxbury/Roslindale and Tonya Tedesco.