Protest held outside Holyoke City Council meeting

Councilors Rebecca Lisi and Jossie Valentin both marched

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – The Essex House Hotel wasn’t the only item on the Holyoke City Council agenda Tuesday night.

Holyoke residents lined up outside the council’s door, protesting the Police Patrolmen’s Union after last Friday’s rally. On Friday, more than one hundred residents marched to protest grand jury decisions not to indict police officers in Ferguson, Missouri and Staten Island, New York.

Some Holyoke City Council members walked in that march. In a letter, Police Union President Edward Moskal is asking those council members be removed from office next term.

Residents are not happy. Viviana De Jesus told 22News, “I’m here to speak up against the police union for trying to harass these two city councilors and have them removed and for speaking against justice.”

Councilors Rebecca Lisi and Jossie Valentin both marched in last Friday’s rally. 22News will continue to follow this story.

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