Following the arrests in the North End by Boston Police District A-1 last Friday and Saturday nights, 28 youths appeared in Boston Juvenile Court on Monday, August 21st. Four were 15 years old, twelve were 16 years old, and twelve were 17 years old. Coincident with the Fisherman’s Feast going on this weekend, most of the arrests were made in the Gassy / DeFilippo Playground, Commercial Street and Sargent’s Wharf area. Charges included underage and public drinking with minor trespassing.
First Justice Terry Craven of the Boston Juvenile Court imposed the following sentence for each of the offenders:
– 15 hours of community service,
– Written 5-page essay on the Fisherman’s Feast,
– Stay-away order from the North End unless accompanied by a parent.
– The community service can not be performed in the North End due to the conflict with stay away order.
Boston Police District A-1 Captain Kenneth Fong said, “The arrests were in response to numerous complaints from community members and neighborhood residents upset about young people drinking and disrupting, not only the feasts, but the peace and tranquility of the neighborhood. We used our department’s social media apparatus to encourage people to be on their best behavior when attending the feasts in the North End. Clearly, those arrested either didn’t get the message or got it and chose to ignore it. Either way, the individuals arrested will hopefully behave better should they decide to attend future feasts or events in the North End.”
Recent weekends saw hundreds of teenagers gathering along the Commercial Street ball fields, Langone Park, Gassy / DeFilippo Playground, Sargent’s Wharf and Christopher Columbus Park. Earlier this week, Boston Police met with local officials and issued multiple warnings that more aggressive action would be taken.
BPD encourages residents to report all public safety issues to 911 where they can be dispatched to on-site officers.