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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