Trump Tweets: Praise for Boston police

Mindful of what happened in Charlottesville, Virginia just one week ago, over 500 police officers were on duty for the Free Speech rally and counter-protest in Boston, Massachusetts Saturday.

The small group of people attending the rally were far outnumber, as an estimated 15,000 counter-protesters descended upon the city, believing the rally was in support of white supremacists – a charge the free speech supporters deny.

The rally, scheduled to start at 10 a.m., ended ahead of schedule, at 1:30, according to the Boston Police Department.  The days events, for the most part, were all quite peaceful, with only a handful of arrests over minor scuffles.

Credit was given to the Boston Police, some who worked undercover and had cameras, and others who wore protective gear, as they worked proactively to keep control of the crowd.

President Trump sent out two Twitter messages, praising the police for their work in keeping it peaceful.

“Looks like many anti-police agitators in Boston. Police are looking tough and smart! Thank you,” the president tweeted Saturday afternoon.

Moments later, he added, “Great job by all law enforcement officers and Boston Mayor @Marty_Walsh.”

The Boston Police Department had posted rules on this Twitter account ahead of the rally, warning that, while signs were allowed, no sticks, sign poles, or anything that could be used as a weapon was allowed, and would be confiscated.

The police posted an announcement “asking individuals to refrain from throwing urine, bottles and other harmful projectiles at our officers” later Saturday afternoon, then confirmed in another Twitter post that rocks were being thrown at officers.

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