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Boston Police Patrolman's Union Paper Blasts 'Disgusting J.P. Liberals'

The PAX CENTURION, the newsletter of the Boston Police Patrolmen's Association, has lost advertisers because of allegations of sexism and racism. It has also lashed out at "J.P. liberals" who have "disrespect and contempt" for police.

The newsletter put out by the Boston Police Patrolmen's Association, the PAX CENTURION, has been getting a lot of attention lately for what some see as sexism, racism and homophobia.

City brass have gone public with criticism. Mayor Tom Menino called it "garbage" and the city's top cop Tweeted that it is "not rep[resentative] of today's officer."

Some advertisers have pulled their support from the newsletter after reporting by Phoenix writer (and JP resident) Chris Faraone. He highlighted PAX CENTURION items that, in his words, "read like a Klan fanzine scribbled by a chimp pushing a crayon."

One target of the newsletter's vitriol has been Faraone's neighborhood — Jamaica Plain. A headline in the May/June issue read "Disgusting J.P. liberals 'offended' at street signs for fallen cops."

The story by Officer Jim Carnell, the editor of the PAX CENTURION, took issue with neighbors who balked at the lack of public process before the memorial signs went up. Carnell cited a Gazette story about the three signs that have gone up in JP.

"The neighborhood junta didn't get to issue a list of demands to the City! The ad-hoc committee of the people's revolutionary sign-erection council didn't give its approval? Oh, the violation of rights! The injustice! The hurt feelings! The wailing! The whining! Somebody, call for a meeting of the Jamaica Plain Revolutionary Democratic People's Republic Council for the approval of all things that are none of their God-damned business."

The article cites the episode as "yet another example of the disrespect and contempt that liberal communities have for police."

The online archives of the PAX CENTURION appear to have been removed from the union's web site, but the Phoenix has posted the back issues. The article about JP appears in the May/June 2012 newsletter on page A17. That edition is the first one you'll see when you visit the Phoenix archive.

It's worth noting that many Boston Police officers say the newsletter doesn't reflect them and their views. They include James "Larry" Brown, the former president of the Massachusetts Association of African-American Police. Brown discussed the PAX CENTURION on Radio Boston on Friday.

gretchen van ness July 07, 2012 at 03:36 AM
We're in good company, it seems!
Derryl July 07, 2012 at 11:46 AM
Hey! I consider myself a J.P. liberal and I have respect for the police!
Anita Anger July 07, 2012 at 12:08 PM
Didn't see the Gazette article, but please don't count me as a person who is critical of those signs. I am a liberal, and when I see one of the signs, I note it and think it is a fine idea. I wish I knew the story of the patrolman (haven't seen one for a woman yet) who gave his life.
Stephanie B July 07, 2012 at 01:58 PM
Likewise Derryl. After all, aren't we liberals the ones who support unions? I have always had great respect and appreciation for police, as do all of my 'liberal' friends...
Robert Posey July 09, 2012 at 05:49 PM
The police need to follow the rule of law on signs, even when the signs are recognizing a person who gave their life for the city. Not sure how that makes you a communist when you insist that they follow the rule of law.
Matt July 09, 2012 at 07:46 PM
And so dont the bikers in JP

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