A brawl at a Massachusetts beach? What would mom say? Over 100 sand and beach lovers, enjoying an ususually warm spring day at Revere Beach, located on Massachusetts Bay five miles north of Boston, busted out into a massive kerfuffle. What started as an argument between a couple of drunk girls developed into an all-out brawl, involving an estimated 100 to 200 people.
Writes the HuffPost on May 11: “The Mother’s Day melee at the popular beach just north of Boston apparently started when two women began fighting, Mayor Dan Rizzo told NECN. He said their boyfriends joined the fight, which then snowballed into the brawl. The station reports that 12 people were arrested.”
According to police, the brawl started over an allegation that one girl had stolen the other’s purse. In the end, officers were punched in the face, rocks and bottles were being hurled at police and other brawlers, and 12 arrests were made.
What a way to spend Mother’s Day.
“It just kept building and building and more people getting upset about their friends being taken into custody,” eyewitness Tyler Wade said.
Added Nicole Jacobs: “Everybody started screaming people were throwing full cans of coke in the air trying to hit cop cars… It was absolutely wild. I’ve never seen anything Ike it.”
Massachusetts State Police Lieutenant Dan Richard said officers responded from “pretty much all of Eastern Massachusetts and some of Central Massachusetts” in order to quell the riot. The sheer number of brawlers, let alone the other visitors, pedestrians and car traffic, delayed police response.
“It’s very busy down there because of the weather, and then one thing happens, and no one wants to leave,” Revere Police Sgt. Charlie Ovino said. “It was extremely bad. We sent our prisoner wagon and it couldn’t even make it through.”
Adds local news station NECN: “One of the people arrested, Cornelius Jackson, 24, was arraigned Monday on charges of trespassing, resisting arrest, giving a false name and disorderly conduct. He pleaded not guilty and was released on personal recognizance. Jackson is not permitted to go near Revere Beach and has a 6 p.m. to 8 a.m. curfew. He’s scheduled to return to court on July 15 for a pretrial hearing.”
The other individuals arrested were all juveniles and their names were not released. Police said many of the brawlers were underaged and had been drinking.
Police announced today that they will be stepping up patrols at the beach to ensure this type of thing does not occur again.
“We will undertake a comprehensive and coordinated effort with our law enforcement partners to ensure that anyone who wants to use the beach peacefully this summer can do so without fear of unruly groups and criminal activity,” said Major Arthur Sugrue of the Massachusetts State Police. “Everyone is welcome to enjoy all our state beaches and reservations, but must do so lawfully and with respect for the rights of others around them.”