Black community leaders will gather this afternoon at the scene of a shooting in Roxbury last night that left a veteran Boston police officer fighting for his life and the suspect dead in an effort to ease tensions and ensure transparency.
“We’re going to have civil rights leaders, elected officials and clergy meet and walk down to the area where the police officer was shot and to see the scene where the man got killed,” said Darnell Williams, president of the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts. “We want to make sure that we get the message out to the community that there is no connection here to how things went down in Ferguson.
We want to make sure that people know that this was something that was committed by an individual with a different agenda.”
Williams, who was among the community leaders who met with Boston police brass this afternoon, said the group was shown surveillance camera footage from a business near the intersection of Humboldt Avenue and Ruthven Street that showed 34-year-old John T. Moynihan being shot in the face by suspect Angelo West, 41, of Hyde Park, during a traffic stop. Police shot and killed West.
“We saw actual video footage of went down,” Williams said. “My reaction to the video is that the officer is lucky to be alive ... It’s a whole different ball-game if you shoot a police officer like that — when you do what this man did — you’re not going to the hospital.”
The group will gather at the intersection of Humboldt Avenue and Dale Street at 4 p.m., Williams said.
“We want to see for ourselves the scene, we want to know how long the body was out there on the ground,” Williams said. “We want to send the right message out to the community.”
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