Investigation Launched into Harmless Traffic Sign Saying 'The Safety of All Lives Matter'


The mayor of a Massachusetts town apologized Wednesday for an electronic road sign saying “the safety of all lives matter” and vowed to find out why the message was displayed.

Melrose Mayor Paul Brodeur, a Democrat, ordered the message to be taken down immediately, he tweeted Wednesday.

The electronic sign was put up on Main Street and appeared to belong to the Melrose Police Department, according to the photo that Brodeur posted.

“I have just been made aware that the following traffic sign is being displayed on Main Street. I have ordered that it be taken down immediately and am taking steps to find out how this happened,” Brodeur wrote. “I apologize to the residents of Melrose.”

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Melrose Police Chief Michael L. Lyle condemned the message and announced an investigation into the matter in an online statement.

He noted that a traffic officer was recently ordered to put a message of general traffic safety on the sign.

“I am aware that the phrase ‘all lives matter’ is commonly used as a misguided counter to the Black Lives Matter movement,” Lyle said.

Do you believe the sign was posted with malicious intent?

“On behalf of the Melrose Police Department, I sincerely apologize to our residents and anyone who drove past the sign today.”

“Preliminarily, the officer reported to me that he did not post the message with either malicious or political intent,” Lyle continued in his statement.

“The officer, by his account, was trying to type a traffic safety message in the limited space offered by the electronic sign and did not realize the totality or impact of the words he had posted.”

A thorough investigation will take place regardless of the officer’s account, Lyle said. He also announced that he will approve all electronic messages moving forward.

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