Boston Police and State Troopers put on a massive show of force on Friday night as droves of teenagers gathered in the North End on Commercial Street.
At one point, about 50 police and troopers formed a human wall and walked along Commercial Street between Causeway St. and the ball fields, toward Battery Street.
Police presence was high at the St. Agrippina’s Feast on Hanover Street, a draw for the crowd, where an Aerosmith cover band performed. As the situation developed, police eventually stopped the music and closed the feast.
Police said they were concerned the situation would escalate when the J. Cole hip-hop / rap concert at TD Garden let out. The Commercial Street areas around the skating rink, ball fields, wharves and Columbus park have long been gathering places for teen crowds on feast / summer weekends.
A State Police helicopter was brought in and flew low over the crowds as dozens of police cars patrolled for several hours as the scene developed between 9pm and midnight on Friday.
Reports of underage drinking and fights were posted on social media and we will follow up with police reports, if confirmed.
A neighbor on Commercial Street filmed the police response and effort to disperse the crowd, shown in the video above. If you have additional pictures or video, send to email@example.com.
Paul K. shares these photos of the teens and police around Langone Park:
More video of Copp’s Hill Terrace and Langone Park on Commercial Street by Paul K. and street yelling video by Jenna J.