Five juveniles have been arrested and charged after a large group of black teenagers assaulted a Hispanic woman in the streets of Boston for wearing a "black" hairstyle.
On April 18 just before 7 pm, Boston officers responded to the area of Winter and Washington Street for an in progress assault and battery situation.
According to a police report, person who called 911 said that there was a group of around 10 to 15 teenagers attacking the 19-year-old.
The police report noted that in recent weeks there have been a number of incident involving a "specific group of violent juveniles terrorizing the Downtown Crossing area," committing acts of vandalism, assault, and civil rights violations.
When two officers responded to the scene, they said in the report that there was in fact around 20 teenagers in the immediate area.
Officer James Gorman was approached by the victim, which he noted as being "in distress and highly animated," and that a large bump was forming above her right eye.
While talking with the victim, a witness who took footage of the attack approached Gorman with the video and played it.
"In the cellphone video Officer Gorman could observe a group of about 5 individuals who appear to be teenagers all punching and kicking [redacted] numerous times," the police report stated.
While viewing the video, the group of teens standing down the street began yelling at the officers and the victim from down the block.
The police report states that the assailants punched, kicked, and stomped on the unnamed victim numerous times during the attack.
Following the attack, officers arrested the five teens observed attacking the victim.
While Officer Gorman arrested one female assailant, a male suspect approached Officer Murphy and spit on his shoulder. That male suspect was then placed under arrest and placed in the same car as the first female suspect who was arrested.
During Gorman’s arrest of the first female, Officer McGahan attempted to verbally deescalate the situation with a female suspect, telling her to go home. The suspect refused.
"In fact, the suspect disrespectfully walked around the active crime scene physically interjecting herself into the active arrest process of her friends," the police report stated.
The suspect continued to refuse to leave, and at one point attempted to approach a marked police cruiser, with McGahan believing that she was attempting to free her friends from custody.
"Officer McGahan raised his arms and attempted to use a reasonable amount force to create distance between the noncompliant [redacted] and the marked patrol cruiser housing her friend[redacted] then clenched her fists and raised her hands high toward her face in an aggressive fighting stance while bobbing her hands up in down [sic] similar to a boxing prize fighter," the police report states.
It was at this point that the female suspect began yelling at McGahan, "what do you wanna do?"
While attempting to create distance between the suspect and the arrest scene with his arms. The female suspect punched the officer in the face, and was subsequently arrested. A serrated steak knife was confiscated from the suspect.
While this was occurring, Officer Hassan McDaid observed another female suspect attempting to interfere with an arrest. Hassan McDaid and Sargent Detective Fitzpatrick attempted to create space and guide her out of the way when the female suspect punched Hassan McDaid in the face, and began flailing her arms.
While attempting to control the female suspect, Hassan McDaid was kicked several times in the shins. During her arrest, the female suspect continued to resist.
While that suspect was being arrested, another female suspect yelled "if you’re taking her, you’re taking me."
Officers attempted to deescalate the situation, but the female suspect continued to become more violent and animated, at one point lunging at Hassan McDaid and pulling her hair, and also knocking her glasses off. She was eventually arrested as well.
"While Officer Gorman was speaking with [redacted], Officer McGahan deduced that the group of juveniles were instigating a violent confrontation with the officers," the police report states.
"This belief was based on the juvenile group’s wildly negative behaviors aimed at the Officers, as well as the rune and racially motivated insults being hurled at the Officers."
Eventually, officers dispatched emergency medical services to the scene to attend to the victim, who had been complaining of head pain and believed she had a concussion. She was later transported to Massachusetts General Hospital for further evaluations.
"While waiting for Boston EMS to arrive on scene, [redacted] informed Officer Gorman that she was at the intersection of Winter Street and Washington Street when a group of females who appeared younger than her, approached her and began calling her 'a white b*tch with braids,'" the police report said.
The victim said she told the group that she identifies as Hispanic, and began to walk away from the group. It was at this point that an unknown female pulled her by the hair and the assault began.
The group reportedly told the victim that she could not wear the hairstyle because she was "not black."
The police report noted that one of the female suspects continued to act erratically while inside the police cruiser, and eventually kicked the rear passenger door of the cruiser, breaking the lock on the door and causing it to swing open.
Charges for the five arrested include "Delinquent to Wit, Assault and Battery Dangerous Weapon," which cited a "shod foot" as the weapon, "Delinquent to Wit Assault and Battery," "Delinquent to Wit Assault and Battery on a. Police Officer," and "Delinquent to Wit, Aiding Escape from Police Custody."
Two female suspects were realized to their respective mothers, two siblings were released to their mother, and one female suspect, who officers deduced was suffering from a mental episode when they arrives at the station, was transported to The Massachusetts General Hospital for further evaluation.
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