BOSTON, Dec. 30 (UPI) -- Two young men and five teenagers have been charged with assaulting two Boston police officers as they tried to arrest one in the group.
The officers, a man and a woman, were "pretty banged up" in the altercation Monday afternoon, Police Commissioner William Evans said. Both were released from a hospital Tuesday.
The officers went to an apartment in the Roxbury neighborhood to arrest Woobenson Morisset, 19, for outstanding warrants, police said. Morisset allegedly began fighting them, and police said his younger brother, Lorcen, 18, a 17-year-old boy and four teenage girls joined in.
"During the altercation, officers were kicked, punched and choked by numerous suspects," a police report said. "While officers were still engaged in the fight with the suspect and being assaulted by numerous suspects, OC (pepper) spray was deployed in the rear stairwell."
The teens, all believed to be members of the same family, came out of two apartments in the building after the officers located Woobenson Morisset in a rear stairwell, police said. All seven were subdued and arrested after more police arrived.
The Morisett brothers were scheduled to appear in municipal court Tuesday and the teenagers in juvenile court. They face charges that include assaulting police officers and causing injury, assault with a dangerous weapon and resisting arrest.
Lorcen Morisset, speaking to the Boston Globe before his court appearance, said the police started the fight. He accused the officers of starting to beat his brother when he asked them if they had a warrant and said the girls were hiding in the bathroom.
Lorcen said he tried to hang on to his brother when the officers grabbed him but did not hit them.
"That's a lie -- we didn't touch them," he said of the accusations of assault.