Dueling Blue Lives Matter, Black Lives Matter protests take over Arlington street

ARLINGTON, MASS. (WHDH) - Under the watchful eye of the Arlington Police Department, dueling protests in support of Blue Lives Matter and Black Lives Matter took over the street outside Town Hall Wednesday.

Large groups inhabited both sides of Massachusetts Avenue despite the rain to rally for their respective causes.

“Police are here to protect us and we need their protection and I am here to support them,” one Blue Lives Matter supporter said. “We’re basically all on the same side. We’re looking for the same thing, just going about it a little differently. We don’t want violence.”

“We’re here to just counter-protest against the Blue Lives Matter,” Josie Zeeb said. We believe there should be justice for Breonna Taylor and that yes, all lives matter but especially Black lives matter and until Black lives matter then nothing else matters.”

The events remained peaceful on both sides and the area cleared out by 6 p.m.

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