A group of teenagers attacked two Boston police officers, leaving them both in the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
The officers were dispatched to an apartment building on Wayne Street in Roxbury on Monday to serve a warrant. When they arrived at Woobenson Morisset’s doorstep, things quickly got out of hand.
Police Commissioner William Evans told WBZ NewsRadio 1030 that when the officers - a man and a woman - put the handcuffs on Morisset, the 19-year-old reportedly yelled out and a group of teenagers allegedly came out and attacked the officers.
Evans said that six teens, four of whom were girls, started punching, kicking and choking the officers. The officers used pepper spray to subdue the group of teens as they waited for backup to arrive.
The group of teens, who ranged from 13 to 18 years old, were arrested and charged with assault and battery on a police officer, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and resisting arrest.
During a news conference for First Night Boston security on Tuesday, Evans said the officers were “pretty banged up.”
Five of the teenagers will be arraigned in Boston Juvenile Court on Tuesday. Lorcen Morisset, 18, will be arraigned in Roxbury Municipal Court with Woobenson Morisset, who already had a warrant out for defaulting on court appearances.
Mayor Martin Walsh told Fox News that this attack was unrelated to the rising national tensions over recent grand jury decisions not to indict officers for the killings of black men in Missouri and New York City.
Both officers were treated and released from the hospital.