Responding to the recent mayhem by mostly out-of-town youths on feast weekends in the North End, Boston Police made several arrests on Friday night at neighborhood parks and playgrounds used as gathering places for teenagers. Police reported 21 arrests in total, 19 of which were juveniles and 2 others for an unrelated incident. Charges included public and/or underage drinking and trespassing.
A neighbor shares the above video showing police taking away several teenagers from the Gassy / DeFilippo Playground on Prince Street. Residents along Commercial Street report similar arrests at other parks in the North End / Waterfront area. Social media had indicated the Prado / Paul Revere Mall was one of the youth destinations during the Fisherman’s Feast this weekend. Previous weekends have shown hundreds of teenagers gathering along the Commercial Street ball fields, Langone Park, Sargents Wharf and Christopher Columbus Park.
Those arrested were 15-17 years old, according to Boston Police District A-1, hailing from the following towns:
- Medford – 8
- Wakefield – 4
- Melrose – 3
- North End, Boston – 2
- Quincy – 1
- Woburn – 1
This week, Boston Police met with local officials and issued multiple warnings that more aggressive action would be taken. Boston Police Capt. Fong issued a statement earlier in the week that police presence will be stepped up and warning that unruly behavior, fighting and underage drinking will not be tolerated. BPD encouraged residents to report all public safety issues to 911 where they can be dispatched to on-site officers.
Update: This post was updated on 8/19/17 to include the exact number and nature of the arrests once confirmed by Boston Police.