Teen gangs disrupt holiday beach-goers

May 31, 2011 at 4:02 PM
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BOSTON, May 31 (UPI) -- Police officials said at least five law enforcement agencies in the Boston area were called on to deal with rival teen gang fights over the last several days.

The gang members are part of a group of more than 1,000 teenagers, mostly 14-19 years old, who used Facebook and other social media Web sites to organize violent gatherings on Carson Beach in South Boston, The Boston Globe reported Tuesday.

State police were unable to prevent the violence over a four-day period and, with the first report of a fight breaking out Monday amid a Memorial Day crowd, they called in State Police Special Tactical Operations teams, Boston SWAT teams, Boston Police Department Emergency Deployment Teams, Boston Housing police and UMass police and Transit police. The city teams brought officers into South Boston from all over the city, the Globe reported.

In all, more than 100 police officers converged on the beach, the newspaper said.

Police rushed people off the streets, the newspaper said.

As the crowd dispersed, hundreds of the teenagers got on subway trains and went off in both directions, and started fights in other locations in the city, the newspaper said.

Several teens were taken into custody Friday and Sunday, and by Monday evening state police had arrested two people. There were no reports of serious injuries Monday, said David Procopio, spokesman for the state police.

"Veteran troopers assigned to the State Police barracks for a couple of decades have never seen as large a volume of kids as were there tonight,'' Procopio said.

Procopio said State Police will meet with Boston police gang officers to try to identify gang members and others who organized the gatherings.

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