Pride Flags Stolen Overnight in Mass. Town: Police Call It ‘Cowardly Ac

In a shocking incident just days before the start of Pride Month, over 200 pride flags were stolen from a public display in Carlisle, Massachusetts, a small town located outside of Boston. The theft occurred overnight between Sunday and Monday, according to town officials and the Carlisle Police Department.

The colorful display, which had been set up at the rotary in the center of Carlisle near the intersection of Lowell Street, Bedford Road, and Westford Road, was meant to celebrate the beginning of Pride Month and to show the town’s support for the LGBTQ+ community. The flags were last seen on the evening of May 26th, and their absence was discovered the following morning.

“This is a cowardly act that goes against the values of our community,” said Carlisle Police Chief John Fisher in a news release on Friday. “The flags were lawfully permitted to be placed in the area, and they symbolized our town’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. We are actively investigating this incident and urge anyone with information to come forward.”

The theft has sparked outrage and disappointment among local residents and town officials. Many see the act as not just a theft of property, but an attack on the principles of acceptance and equality that the flags represent.

“This display was intended to spread love and support for our LGBTQ+ friends and neighbors,” said Carlisle Town Administrator Sarah Smith. “The removal of these flags is a direct affront to the values we hold dear. It’s important now more than ever for our community to come together and stand against hate.”

Local LGBTQ+ advocacy groups have also expressed their dismay. “The theft of these pride flags is deeply troubling,” said Alex Hernandez, director of the Greater Boston LGBTQ+ Alliance. “Pride Month is a time to celebrate our identities and our communities, and to have this kind of hateful act occur right before it starts is disheartening. We hope the town of Carlisle will continue to show its support for LGBTQ+ individuals despite this setback.”

In response to the incident, town officials are organizing a community meeting to discuss the theft and plan a new Pride Month event to replace the stolen display. The meeting aims to reaffirm the town’s commitment to inclusion and to ensure that Pride Month is celebrated with even more fervor and visibility.

Residents have also begun to rally together, with many pledging to replace the stolen flags out of their own pockets. “We won’t let this act of vandalism deter us,” said local resident Emily Johnson. “We’re going to put up even more flags and show that love is stronger than hate.”

The Carlisle Police Department has increased patrols in the area and is reviewing security footage to identify any suspects. They are asking anyone with information about the theft to contact them directly.

As Pride Month kicks off, the town of Carlisle is determined to turn this act of intolerance into an opportunity for greater unity and solidarity. “This incident has only strengthened our resolve to support the LGBTQ+ community,” said Town Administrator Smith. “We will not be silenced, and we will continue to stand up for what is right.”

The stolen flags may have cast a shadow over the town, but the community’s response has shown that the spirit of Pride is alive and well in Carlisle.

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