NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Northampton Police Union 390 President Joshua Wallace told 22News he sent a request to Mayor David Narkewicz to hang a banner on City Hall.
Mayor Narkewicz authorized the hanging of a Black Lives Matter banner, which was first put up on Martin Luther King Jr. Day and currently hangs from the building. Many support the banner but others feel the movement carries an anti-police message.
Officer Wallace said it gave them the idea to hang a banner that says National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Week, which is celebrated the week of May 15th. He’s already been working on the design.
We asked Officer Wallace if he believes City Hall is the right place to hang a Black Lives Matter banner. He said, “No. A private institution, yes. Like a church or a business. City Hall should remain public and impartial to movement. We are hoping we can get a banner put up there in equal response.”
Officer Wallace said he has not heard back from Mayor Narkewicz. 22News tried to contact the mayor, but we haven’t heard back yet.