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Photos: A tale of two demonstrations on Beacon Hill

The protesters and counter protesters were separated by barriers on either side of Beacon Street and lines of police officers.

By Stephanie Purifoy

June 27, 2020

Two groups of protesters squared off Saturday in front of the State House. On one side, a local far-right political group hosted a “Restore Sanity” protest in support of police, and on the other, counter-protesters turned out for “All Out Against White Supremacy!” The far-right protes...

Protesters square off in front of State House

Protesters and counter protesters exchanged shouted insults from across the street.

By Stephanie Purifoy and Abigail Hadfield

June 27, 2020

Beacon Street became a no man's land between two conflicting rallies on Saturday, separated by metal barriers and rows of police. On one side, a local far-right political group hosted a “Restore Sanity” protest in support of police, and on the other, counter-protesters turned out for “All Out Again...

Dueling protests to clash on Boston Common

A protestor is arrested during last August's Straight Pride Parade. The group that organized the parade, Super Happy Fun America, is set to clash with counter-protestors Saturday afternoon at a pro-police rally.

By Andrew Brinker, News Editor

June 27, 2020

The organizers of last summer’s Straight Pride Parade that erupted into violence, will hold a pro-police rally at the Massachusetts State House Saturday that will likely be met with considerable opposition from a clashing protest called “All Out Against White Supremacy.” The pro-police rally, “Rest...

Pelton to lead Boston steering committee combating racism and inequity

President M. Lee Pelton will head a Boston committee tasked with combating racism and inequality.

By Charlie McKenna, Deputy News Editor

June 25, 2020

Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s office appointed President M. Lee Pelton to lead a new citywide steering committee that will raise money to combat racism, according to an announcement Thursday. The Boston Racial Equity Fund will collect millions to address systemic racism and prejudice in the city....

Massachusetts Attorney General joins fight against new Title IX regulations

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healy joined a group of state attorneys Thursday in suing the U.S. Department of Education over  proposed Title IX regulations.

By Diti Kohli, Editor-in-Chief

June 6, 2020

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healy joined 17 other state attorneys to sue the U.S. Department of Education Thursday over new federal Title IX regulations she says unfairly weaken protections for those who report sexual misconduct at colleges, including Emerson.  In the complaint, Healy asked the co...

Photos: Violence gives way to peace in Boston

Hundreds of protestors on Wednesday laid face-down for a die-in on Boston Common for 8 minutes and 46 seconds, in solidarity with the time officer Derek Chauvin knelt on the neck of George Floyd, resulting in his death.

By Lizzie Heintz and Stephanie Purifoy

June 4, 2020

Thousands converged on Boston Common Wednesday afternoon for a third day of protests following the killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died after Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for over eight minutes on May 25. Protestors remained peaceful for the entirety ...

Demonstrators crowd Boston Common during third day of protests

A woman holding an inflated red heart at Boston's third day of protests in response to the police killing of George Floyd.

By Domenic Conte, Managing Editor

June 3, 2020

Boston joined cities nationwide for a third day of protests Wednesday in response to the police killing of George Floyd, with organizers remaining peaceful for the entirety of the three-hour march from the top of Boston Common to the Parkman Bandstand.   Thousands of protesters gathered at 3:30 p.m...

Here’s a timeline showing how protests stayed peaceful in Boston

Four members of the National Guard and one member of the Military Police stood guard at the edge of Wednesday's protests.

By Stephanie Purifoy, Dylan Rossiter, Jacob Seitz, Lizzie Heintz, Domenic Conte, Andrew Brinker, and Chris Van Buskirk

June 3, 2020

Demonstrators rallied on Boston Common Wednesday afternoon to voice outrage over the killing of George Floyd and other victims of race-based police brutality. Below is a list of live updates from the protest. For more coverage, check out The Beacon's complete story here.  6:15 p.m. The MBTA restored train service to normal. Most protests have now concluded ...

Protesters march through Boston for second night

Hundreds gathered outside the Massachusetts State House on Tuesday to protest police brutality

By Dylan Rossiter, Operations Managing Editor

June 2, 2020

A peaceful protest that attracted thousands of demonstrators to Boston’s Franklin Park split into multiple groups that spread around the city after dark Tuesday. Hundreds gathered outside the State House, while others surrounded Boston Police Headquarters in Roxbury.  Protestors at one point were observed heckli...

City officials praise peaceful protests and denounce violence

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh condemned the violence of Sunday nights' protest and thanked the peaceful demonstrators at a press conference Monday. Archive photo.

By Diana Bravo, Assistant News Editor

June 1, 2020

Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh thanked protesters who remained peaceful during Sunday’s Black Lives Matter protest during a press conference Monday and condemned those who looted stores and clashed with police. Thousands gathered throughout Boston on Sunday and converged on the steps of the State Ho...

Violence erupts near Boston campus as police and protesters clash

Officers stand in front of a burning police car on Tremont Street.

By Jacob Seitz, Senior Marlboro Reporter

June 1, 2020

Peaceful protests in Boston over the police killing of George Floyd erupted into chaos late Sunday night as police deployed pepper spray and tear gas into crowds in Downtown Crossing, shortly before the National Guard arrived. Protests started at multiple locations around the city and were peaceful until ...

Photos: A night of unrest in Boston

The Temple Place bus stop sat quietly after the protesters were pushed onto Tremont Street.

By Stephanie Purifoy and Lizzie Heintz

June 1, 2020

Thousands converged on the State House in Boston Sunday evening for a peaceful protest over the killing of George Floyd, a Black man from Minneapolis by a white police officer. The protest in Boston erupted into chaos, violence, and confusion, turning the streets around Emerson’s campus into a w...