It was a surreal scene at the Nazzaro Center on Thursday night when a drugged out young man, accompanied by his somewhat less impaired girlfriend, was shooting up in Polcari Playground before passing out inside the youth center. A large group of residents showed up at 6:30 pm for the monthly North End Public Safety meeting to see the Oakdale resident literally bouncing off the walls and having trouble walking before passing out in front of the entrance desk.
Personnel at the youth center said the Boston Police were called more than an hour beforehand, but no one had responded to the situation. Ironically, BPD Sergeant Thomas Lema arrived for the public safety meeting to witness the scene. He took control of the situation and solicited a wagon/ambulance to get the man to the hospital. The Sergeant noted that both the young man and his girlfriend would be subject to charges.
An unfortunate part of the story occurred when young children found the recently used needles near a bench outside the Nazzaro Center. Parents and residents at the Public Safety meeting were obviously shocked and saddened by the incident. One resident said the couple had been previously seen in the neighborhood, around Copp’s Hill Terrace. Many wondered why the out-of-towners were in the North End to buy/use drugs.
Scenes from the incident are shown below. Photos by Matt Conti.