A group of what police estimated to be between 40 and 50 adolescents were loitering in the Forest Hills Station in Jamaica Plain on Monday afternoon when a bout of violence broke out, ending with assault charges against three of the children, according to the Transit Police Department.
The Transit Police Department had assigned officers to the station at 3:55 p.m. following the Boston Public Schools’ break, the department stated. The department said the large group of adolescents were refusing to “move along” and use the train, which was causing “public inconvenience and creating an unsafe environment within the station,” the TPD said.
A transit police officer went up to the children and told them they would have to leave the station if they weren’t using the train — and that’s when the group began kicking and punching the officer all over his body, the department said. According to the TPD, the officer was knocked to the ground, where the children continued kicking and began dragging the officer across the floor.
The TPD stated the other officers at the scene requested backup and received a response from additional TPD members along with the Boston Police Department and Massachusetts State Police.
Three female adolescents, aged 14, 15 and 16 years old, were placed into custody on charges of assault battery with a dangerous weapon on a police officer based on a preliminary investigation, the TPD said. They added that there could be more charges and additional individuals charged in the ongoing investigation.
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