Pro-Black Lives Matter Posters Hung At Hingham Courthouse
By Kristen Arute, Hingham Current Staff; October 22, 2020
Posters promoting Black Lives Matter were hung in hallways at the Hingham District Courthouse, including one outside the Prosecutor's Office, by members of the Probation Department in honor of "Inclusivity Week." One reads, "In 2015, more Black people were killed by police than lynched in the peak year of lynchings in the 1800's." Another says, "The first formal slave patrol was created in the Carolina colonies. This was the first official form of paid law enforcement."
Judge Heather Bradley claims to have no knowledge of the posters and said that the Trial Court is responsible. Bradley is the wife of former State Representative Garrett Bradley.
Critics say that this is an ethics violation, noting that judges and courts are supposed to be impartial and unbiased, and wonder how Hingham District Court can fairly hear a case. Plymouth County District Attorney Tim Cruz will be visiting the courthouse today to address the matter.
Recently a woman who was engaged in activities with the Black Lives Matter movement was brought before the Court Magistrate to respond to allegations of threat to commit a crime. The Magistrate ruled that the motion should not be advanced given that the young woman did not have a record and he did not want to be responsible for creating one for her. That decision is being appealed.