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Massachusetts mayor orders investigation into traffic sign that had been altered to read ‘All Lives Matter’

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A MASSACHUSETTS police department believes on of its own officers altered a traffic sign to say, "The SAFETY OF ALL LIVES MATTER."

After sharing an image of the sign on Facebook, Paul Brodeur, the mayor of Melrose, ordered an investigation into the tampering of the traffic sign.

The Melrose Police Department has opened an investigation and revealed that they own the sign and believe one of their own officers is behind the alteration.

Brodeur apologized to the resident of Melrose on Facebook.

"I have ordered that is be taken down immediately and am taking steps to find out how this happened," he wrote.

The sign no longer displays the message.

Brodeur told WCVB that the phrase "All Lives Matter" is a trigger.

"It does not lead to an atmosphere where we can make progress, [where] we can have uncomfortable conversations and try to move it forward."

Some responded to the mayor's facebook post saying nothing was wrong with the sign while others reportedly called it a "dog whistle", Fox News reported.

The Melrose Police Chief Michael Lyle said he was alerted of the wording on the sign on Wednesday.

"I am aware that the phrase "all lives matter" is commonly used as a misguided counter to the Black Lives Matter movement," he said in a statement.

Lyle added that it was changed and the investigation is ongoing.

He also said that the officer reported to him and allegedly claimed the message was not posted with "malicious or political intent."

According to Fox News, all messaging on electronic signs will be approved by Lyle's officer before going live.

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