To say that I find the recent editorial cartoon by Mike Luckovich, originally published in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, morally reprehensible would be an understatement. The Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association and its members, along with their families, wish to express our absolute disgust and disappointment with this cartoon and its inclusion on the op-ed page of the Boston Globe. In a sensitive time in our country, with racial tensions running high and riots happening in Milwaukee, the last thing we need is for the media to print inflammatory cartoons that have no basis in fact. A law enforcement professional’s job is difficult enough without the Boston Globe publishing unwarranted hatred toward police. This type of false and negative editorial cartoon serves only one purpose, and that’s to incite racial tension between the police and the communities that we live in, work in, and have sworn to protect.

Patrick M. Rose
Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association