BOSTON (CBS) — Boston Police Commissioner William Gross says he’s alarmed by an alleged incident involving officers and a “hostile crowd” Tuesday evening. The department said in a statement that officers were “surrounded and assaulted” by the crowd.
It happened at about 5:40 p.m. in Roxbury in the area of Humboldt Avenue and Crawford Street. Police said officers were responding to a call for a person carrying a fanny pack containing a gun, and stopped a man carrying a fanny pack.READ MORE: Service Dog Stolen From New Hampshire Walmart, Police Say
The statement from police said that because there was a “large crowd” in the area, officers tried to get control of the suspect’s hands. The suspect allegedly then “grabbed the officer’s wrist and began squeezing it.”
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Police said the suspect continued to resist arrest and caused a police body camera to be knocked off an officer. The crowd grew and someone opened a fire hydrant, “causing a heavy flow of water pressure onto the street directed at the officers,” according to the statement.READ MORE: Luis Santiago Charged In Dorchester Hit And Run That Left 11-Year-Old Francis Nedwell Seriously Hurt
Someone also threw buckets of water at officers while they tried to put the suspect into a cruiser, police said.
“I’m alarmed by the level of hostility my officers had to face while arresting a felon armed with an illegal firearm. They were attacked by members of the very same community they were attempting to protect by affecting this arrest,” Gross said in a statement. Public safety is a shared responsibility, we need to continue to work together, not in opposition towards one another, to achieve that goal.”
Police recovered a loaded revolver and charged 44-year-old Jermaine Thomas, of Mattapan, with unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition and resisting arrest. He’s expected to be arraigned in Roxbury District Court.MORE NEWS: Brockton High School Student Charged After Snapchat Post Prompts 'Stay In Place' Order