Wives Of Massachusetts Officers Ordered To Remove Blue Ribbons From Trees

Wives of MA Troopers were told that they could put blue ribbons up for a month, but they were later ordered to take them down early.

Wives of MA Troopers were told that they could put blue ribbons up for a month, but they were later ordered to take them down early.

Wives Of Massachusetts Officers Ordered To Remove Blue Ribbons From Trees

Royalston, Massachusetts – The wives of Massachusetts State Troopers have been trying to spread support for law enforcement by tying blue ribbons to trees across the state. These police wives put up ribbons in the town of Royalston with verbal approval from the city on August 30th. The agreement at the time was that they would be taken down on September 30th. However, after two people complained, the wives were ordered to take the ribbons down.

“We’re just here to support law enforcement in general. And whether you are purple, green, pink. They’re in law enforcement and we just want them to know we are here. We are one huge family,” said Kimberly Watson, a member of MSP Wives.

Royalston Police Chief Curtis Deveneau told her that she should run it by the select board since she wanted to put the ribbons in the town common. The select board didn’t meet before the event was planned, so they got a verbal OK instead of an official vote, with the understanding that the ribbons would be taken down by September 30th. The wife in charge then talked to the select board about the ribbons, which normally require a permit. At first the select board didn’t even think to do an official permit because it was for police and the ribbons were already up.

At a board meeting on Wednesday, two citizens complained about the ribbons at the select board meeting. The reasoning for the complaints was ostensibly because they didn’t have assigned permits to be up, not because they didn’t like the ribbons. Of course, that was just an excuse to get rid of the ribbons. In response to the complaints, select board then retroactively issued a permit which ordered the ribbons be taken down on September 9th. It’s unknown why the city didn’t issue the permits until the agreed-upon date of September 30th.

With attacks on law enforcement across the country, many citizens believe that it’s important to show support for law enforcement. There’s a pro-police rally planned for the September 20th select board meeting.

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  • tekwrite

    Freedom of speech works for cops too!

  • tekwrite

    Even if private property of the town, why cant they show support for the cops? 30 years ago we would not have this problem.

    • Charles

      Never a Problem at All till Muslim Obama -cop Hater came in Office

      • Bailey

        not a muslim and not a cop hater. Educate yourself

        • HoseasHand

          Obama’s actions and words suggest otherwise.

        • Charles

          He love Muslims and does Hate cop BY HIS ACTION AND HE IS A Muslim Slapnut

          • Bailey

            Nope. You’ve been woefully miseducated. Obama is not a muslim and there is no excuse in 2016 for repeating falsehoods. You demean only yourself with your willful fabrications.

          • Charles

            By your boyfriends action the facts suggested he love Muslims and support them

          • Charles

            Muslim Obama support BLACK LIVE MATTER THUGS which is a TERRORIST ORGANIZATION

        • Jack Reilly

          Read…you idiot, and watch him for yourself….he is both, moron.

    • damadtech

      It’s because of “slapnuts” , like Charles the troll, as he calls them. Poor Charles…… hates cops, the president, other religions (if he has one himself), pretty much everything he can find to complain about. Obama offends him apparently but not the anti-Americans that can’t stand showing support for law enforcement officers that risk their lives everyday so jackwads like him can hide behind keyboards and talk trash. By the way Charles, it would be really nice if you took some updated English and grammar courses, preferably higher than 6th grade level before posting again. It is a total pain trying to read your incoherent posts that are never complete thoughts or sentences, misspelled words or the wrong tense, etc. Your posting history confirms it’s an ongoing issue for you but it’s actually quite hilarious coming from someone that claims to be a pure bred American Patriot who in fact can’t use the English language any better than the damn foreigners you complain about. Kind of ironic isn’t it Jethro????

      • Bailey

        What a profoundly circumscribed notion of patriotism you hold if you describe opponents to the public display of blue ribbons as unAmerican. Those who oppose this public display are every bit as American as you seem to see yourself and hanging blue ribbons is no more a measure of one’s support for police as hanging the US flag everywhere is the measure of one’s patriotism.

      • Charles

        TIME for your Medicine time

  • Lisa Easterling Cofer

    So if I wanted to tie a ribbon of any color around my own tree in my own yard would I need a permit? Or is this because it was an organization wanting to do this?

  • Charles

    Had to been BLACKS THUGS WHO COMPLAIN and this is Freedom of Speech and they need to Sue

    • LynneK

      There’s so many blacks in Royalston. Lol

    • Bryan

      What’s the difference between a black thug and a blue thug? The allusion of authority.

      • Charles

        There no Blue thugs at all as Blacks need to be concern about all BLACKS ON BLACKS Murder which Blacks killed more blacks then Police and any other races as facts are facts

        • Bryan

          you are right, Charles, their uniforms are actually black.

          • Charles

            No BLACK LIVE MATTER Animals THUGS I said and they are a TERRORIST ORGANIZATION attacking Police officers and then cry when Police fight back.

          • Bryan

            I agree, Charles, police belong to a terrorist organization.

          • Charles

            Bryan you are either stupid or in Mental Hospital as 98 percent peoples support Police and know BLACK LIVES MATTER are nothing but THUGS

  • marrel

    Two people complained and the board members caved. So like the rest of the leadership in this country. Sad, weak leaders afraid to stand by those who sacrifice for THEM!

  • Doug Packer

    Just ignore them and leave the ribbons up

  • HoseasHand

    Now that the two witches have gotten their 15 minutes of infamy, the ribbons should be saved and offered to residents who would be willing to display them on their own property.

  • Rachel Chappell

    Paint them on, then.