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Boston Clergy Express Frustration With #BlackLivesMatter Movement10:29
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A woman holds up a sign in protest of police brutality at a rally in Boston that drew a significant crowd Wednesday night. (Joe Difazio/WBUR)
A woman holds up a sign in protest of police brutality at a rally in Boston that drew a significant crowd Wednesday night. (Joe Difazio/WBUR)
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Members of Boston clergy Thursday gathered at Boston Police Headquarters to show support for law enforcement officers. At that demonstration, frustrations about the activist movement came to the surface.

"We support [Black Lives Matter] when they do sensible things," said the Rev. Eugene Rivers, who's with the Azusa Christian Community in Boston. "Pastor Scott and I have been to every march — every march. In fact, we reached out to BLM and said, 'We'd like to sit down and talk with you,' and they refused to meet. Mayor Walsh invited BLM to talk about the issues and they refused. So, if you can find them, tell BLM that the black clergy who work on the streets every day would love to sit down and talk with them and have a real dialogue."

Guests

Nino Brown, organizer with Mass Action Against Police Brutality.

Rev. Mariama White-Hammond, activist and minister at the Bethel AME Church in Jamaica Plain. She tweets @mariamawh.

This segment aired on July 22, 2016.

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