While much has been made about the actions taken by my officers during the Straight Pride Parade, let me say without hesitation that I could not be more proud or impressed with the high levels of restraint and professionalism displayed by my officers tasked with safeguarding and protecting all who either attended, participated or protested at the parade. As in prior events, appropriate staffing and security measures were in place to ensure the safety and security of all individuals wanting to peacefully assemble while exercising their right to free speech. As we saw along the parade route, there were many who chose to voice their objections to those who chose to participate in the Straight Pride Parade. While most expressed those objections peacefully, not everybody did. And nobody can attest to that fact more so than my officers who found themselves on the receiving end of an unending stream of verbal taunts, jeers, profanities, obscenities and physical assaults directed towards them throughout the course of the day. Clearly, not everybody who attended the parade was there to peacefully and lawfully exercise their First Amendment Rights. As a result, 36 individuals were arrested and charged with various crimes including: Assault & Battery by Means of Dangerous Weapon, Unlawful Possession of Dangerous Weapon, Assault and Battery on a Police Officer, Affray, Disorderly Conduct and Resisting Arrest. As it relates to any and all actions taken by my officers, including the use of non-lethal force, per standard operating procedures, there will be a full review and internal investigation conducted to determine appropriate guidelines were followed. Moreover, those who believe they were mistreated at the parade are encouraged to file a formal complaint with the BPD’s Internal Affairs Unit. In closing, the Boston Police Department has and will continue to protect the freedoms and rights of all people, regardless of political leanings or personal points of view, to lawfully and peacefully express their First Amendment Rights.