A Massachusetts police officer is under investigation after allegedly threatening two teenagers over their support for the Black Lives Matter movement. The incident occurred last month while the two boys were at a sleepover with their classmates at the policewoman’s home.
During the sleepover, the white, off-duty cop allegedly went on racist rant and targeted the two boys — one of whom was Black, the other Hispanic — for their support of the social justice movement.
“She was yelling obscenities about Black Lives Matter, about hating the police, about defunding the police and then went downstairs and targeted my son and also another minority kid that was there,” Risa King — the Black teenager’s mother — told WCVB. “She was in his face, clutching her fists. My son was afraid to call the cops. There should be an investigation into a hate crime.”
After the rant, the Milton police officer allegedly kicked the boys out of her house. King’s son told her that the woman’s husband tried to intervene and calm her down, but she punched him in the face and gave him a bloody nose.
“In the middle of the night, my son was kicked out of the home he was invited to be in,” King recalled. “That’s devastating.”
The husband drove the boys home, but the officer allegedly continued to threaten them as they were driving away.
“She was banging on the door. She was banging on the handles and grabbing at the handles on the side of the car where my son was,” King said. “It was a commotion because it took them a while to be able to even leave the driveway.”
“Those kids had a look on their faces I will never forget,” she remembered.
The Milton Police Department is now conducting an internal affairs investigation into the incident and said it has notified the Department of Children and Families and the Westwood Police Department. The unnamed officer is currently on active duty, pending the outcome of the investigation.
“Imagine having that type of paranoia while pulling someone over,” King argued. “You have to be stable in this position to do your job… She doesn’t need to patrol the streets with a gun. It’s too dangerous and too volatile at this moment.”
King said that she and her son have been family friends with the cop and her husband for years, but had not discussed the Black Lives Matter movement nor nationwide calls for police accountability. King added that the woman was unapologetic after forcing the teens out of her home.
Along with the Milton Police Department’s investigation, Westwood police are reportedly in the early stages of their own probe.