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Cardinal O’Malley tweets praise for police, protesters

Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley praised the actions of Boston police at Saturday’s events.

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Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley praised the actions of Boston police at Saturday’s events.

Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley took to Twitter Saturday night to praise Boston police, public officials and thousands of demonstrators who marched against racism and hate earlier in the day.

“We thank God,” the Roman Catholic archbishop of Boston wrote, “for the courage of those who gathered at Boston Common to reaffirm that we are one nation.”

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The march took place one week after violent clashes in Charlottesville, Va., where white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and other far-right activists gathered to protest the removal of a confederate statue. One woman was killed, and several others injured when a man drove his car into a crowd of counterprotesters.

City and state officials vowed to avoid such violence in Boston.

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O’Malley congratulated Boston police “for the extraordinarily capable manner through which they managed the day,” and singled out Commissioner William B. Evans, Superintendent-in-Chief William Gross, Mayor Martin J. Walsh, and Governor Charlie Baker.

The tweets marked the second time in recent weeks that O’Malley has used social media to salute police.

He also thanked Boston police last month after he participated alongside them in a peace walk in Dorchester.

Jeremy C. Fox can be reached at jeremy.fox@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @jeremycfox.
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