Thirteen juveniles were arrested following large fights near two movie theaters in Boston on Sunday. The Boston police responded to reports of multiple young people actively fighting and causing a disturbance near the area of Washington and Avery streets, close to Boston Common. The Emerson College community received alerts about the “civil disturbance” near the AMC Boston Common theater, prompting students and staff to stay away until the situation was resolved. The disturbance later moved towards the Emerson Paramount Center on Washington Street.
According to the Boston police, officers attempted to break up the fights, but juvenile groups obstructed vehicle and pedestrian traffic. One juvenile was observed jumping on top of a car and stomping on its roof. As the police intervened, officers were allegedly assaulted by multiple young individuals. One officer was pushed to the ground and continuously punched and kicked by the group. Another officer was placed in a chokehold by a juvenile who jumped on their back.
Five juveniles were arrested in downtown Boston, including a 13-year-old male, two 14-year-old males, a 14-year-old female, and a 16-year-old female. Earlier in the day, a similar incident occurred outside the AMC South Bay Center 12 in Dorchester. Police received reports of a large group of juveniles fighting and responded to the scene. When officers attempted to make arrests, many of the young people did not disperse and became confrontational, resulting in assaults on the officers. Assistance was requested from the Massachusetts State Police and multiple BPD districts, leading to a significant police presence in the area.
Eight juveniles were arrested in Dorchester, including a 12-year-old female, a 12-year-old male, a 14-year-old female, three 14-year-old males, a 17-year-old female, and a 17-year-old male.