Man Who Called Woman Concerned About Impact of Boston Olympics, 'a F*cking Piece of Sh*t!' Turns Out to be Mayor's Cousin
Boston's bid for the 2024 Olympics has been met with notable resistance from local residents who are concerned that the events would come at a huge financial cost, an increased amount of surveillance, and further militarization of local police forces. There are also worries about economic displacement. A 2007 report by the Center for Housing Rights and Evictions concluded that The Olympics have displaced more than 2 million people over the last 20 years.
The city has begun to host community meetings, allegedly to address the concerns of residents, but they hardly seem effective. As Jonathan Cohn and Robin Jacks wrote in The Nation this March, "The first hour of each meeting is taken up by a marketing pitch from Boston 2024, filled with massaged numbers, Olympic buzzwords and a personal narrative from [former Olympic Committee Chairman] John Fish about the 'transformative power of sport.' Although the meeting is nominally organized by the mayor and facilitated by a project manager from the Boston Redevelopment Authority, it is clear that it is Boston 2024, not city officials, who is in charge."
At a recent meeting a woman asked a question about the games potential impact on low-income residents and a man verbally berated her, calling her a "fucking piece of shit."
It has been revealed that the man who insulted the woman is Martin F. Walsh, a cousin of Boston Mayor Marty Walsh. It's unclear whether Walsh asked his cousin to attend the meeting. You can watch video of the incident here.