A Woburn police officer will not serve as a marshal in the 2016 Boston Pride Parade after comments he made on Facebook recently came to light, parade organizers said Monday.
The honor for Anthony Imperioso, who is listed as the president of the New England Gay Officers Action League, “has been withdrawn,” Boston Pride wrote in a statement.
The move comes after many users on Twitter blasted Pride for choosing the officer for the role and shared pictures from his Facebook page of posts that include harsh words for Black Lives Matter protesters who blocked Interstate 93 in 2015.
In the statement released Monday afternoon, Boston Pride called Imperioso’s comments “offensive” and said his “marshalship has been withdrawn” following a discussion between the organization and the police officer.
“As an inclusive organization, Boston Pride does not condone any language that is intolerant of racial, ethnic, or religious differences. Additionally, we reject language that promotes violence towards any individuals who are exercising their First Amendment rights,” the statement reads.