There’s been a lot of questioning as to why the Worcester Police Department parked 6 cruisers in front of City Hall on March 27th prior to the City Council Meeting. The City Manager’s Office denied that it was a purposeful attempt to intimidate community residents and Councilors vis a vis the storm surrounding Chief Gemme and was in fact a planned response to an expected protest.
Baffled, I filed a public records request seeking any emails that would clarify the Police Department’s position. This is what I received back.
Having never seen that many Officers assigned to a possible protest, I was really baffled to see 11 officers on duty the following week. Given the WPD intel of “a group of about 50 from the Black Gay ministry” we’re now able to understand this excessive assignment from their perspective. They needed 1 Officer for every 4.5 Black Gay Ministry supporters.