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Boston Police Blocked from Helping Officer Being Assaulted by Teen

August 06, 2018  | 

Officers attempting to come to the aid of an officer who was being kicked in the face by a juvenile at a community center were denied access to the ongoing assault by a front desk worker who feared being reprimanded by her boss, according to the Boston Herald.

"Responding officers, forced to watch the altercation through the community center's glass doors, were unable to gain entry and provide support to the struggling officer because a front desk staffer refused to let them in," according to the Boston Police Department.

Officers had followed the teenage suspect and a friend into the Dewitt Community Center in the Roxbury section of Boston. They reportedly had a search warrant for the subject related to a gun investigation. The officers followed the juveniles into the community center and were shown to a second-floor classroom.

"As soon as the suspects exited the classroom, both attempted to flee the scene while pushing and physically assaulting the officers. While one of the suspects was subdued in the hallway, the other suspect bolted towards the stairwell leading to the first-floor exit," Boston police said.

Backup officers attempted to enter but were initially not allowed beyond the front desk.

Two officers were transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Both juveniles, ages 15 and 16, were arrested.

Comments (5)

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OK then @ 8/6/2018 2:46 PM

I suppose smashing the glass would have been to aggressive?

kevcopaz @ 8/6/2018 3:08 PM

WTF???? Why want the "clerk" arrested for hindering or even aiding the suspect? The excuse given was not palatable and its obvious the clerk was anti-police . They should be fired (I hope) and then arrested and prosecuted what a stupid f-ing thing to do. The BPD should have arrested that clerk on the spot. Phoenix Az. PD would have.

Tom ret @ 8/6/2018 4:15 PM

I, without a doubt, would have told the clerk to open the door or it would be forcibly entered and she would be arrested. If the officer was injured he should sue the clerk. her boss and community center.

Jon Retired LEO @ 8/6/2018 4:57 PM

I agree with all the posts and I think that the clerk must have been an accomplice to the assault. Unless she was armed I would have gone in anyway and to hell with her.

Grey Bear @ 8/7/2018 10:53 AM

Before we were all forced to put ourselves at wholly unnecessary risk due to all of the bleeding heart experts (and someone we all know and love starting that trend with the 'police acted stupidly' comment) this kind of crap was almost unheard of. If the world wasn't so screwed up, that community center would be replacing a glass entry door AND a desk clerk today!

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