MELROSE (CBS) – The Melrose mayor and police chief have apologized for a traffic sign that read “The safety of all lives matter.” The electronic message was displayed on a police traffic trailer on Main Street.

“I have ordered that it be taken down immediately and am taking steps to find out how this happened,” Mayor Paul Brodeur wrote on Facebook Wednesday afternoon. “I apologize to the residents of Melrose.”

In the midst of the Black Lives Matter movement, there has been a common rebuttal that “all lives matter” which has provoked conflict.

Melrose Police Chief Michael Lyle said a traffic officer was recently ordered to update the message from a reminder about fireworks to a more general safety message.

“I am aware that the phrase ‘all lives matter’ is commonly used as a misguided counter to the Black Lives Matter movement,” Lyle said. “The sign was immediately changed and at the request of the Mayor, I launched an investigation, which is ongoing.”

The officer who typed the message told Chief Lyle he did not post the message with malicious or political intent.

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

All electronic messaging on signage will now be approved by Lyle’s office prior to going live.

Comments (8)
  1. Marsha Sullivan says:

    I want to go on record as saying I support the message the Melrose Police Department posted as an obvious traffic warning. The safety of all lives does matter. I believe this phrase was used as a means of catching the attention of drivers and it has nothing to do with the BLM protests. I think the mayor reacted too quickly in this instance. I would like to see a public apology to the Melrose Police Department reported on the nightly news tomorrow night!!

    Marsha Sullivan

  2. freeme says:

    Are you kidding me! Why would you apologize. All lives do matter
    This smells like civil war coming. Why would anyone be upset over that.
    Whats wrong with this world.There are many races.

  3. Pamela McKernan says:

    ALL LIVES MATTER Jesus Christ died for ALL.

  4. john gault says:

    it is hard to imagine a more trivial controversy … ALL LIVES MATTER. Period

  5. j. garbo says:

    Seriously? The entire message A Melrose resident who was parked near the sign told a WCVB photographer that the sign featured the following message: “The speed limit is 25 mph. Please drive safely. The safety of all lives matter.” As someone whose husband was killed by a speeding driver, I am offended the sign was taken down.

  6. Charles says:

    The idea that they should apologize for posting a message that “The Safety of All Lives Matter” is ridiculous… This madness has got to stop..

  7. Luis Martinez says:

    If you are not Black , stay the hell out of Melrose. Your life does not matter.

  8. Lee Michael says:

    I can’t believe that they took down that sign – ALL lives DO Matter!!! What is wrong with the world!

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