According to PatroitLedger: Seven teenage boys face 18 charges each, including assault and kidnapping, for their roles in an attack on a Quincy pier, State Police say.
State Police are not releasing the names of any of the teenagers charged, as they are all under 18. One 14-year-old, two 15-year-olds, three 16-year-olds and one 17-year-old are being charged. All are from Quincy except for the youngest, who is from Kingston, police said.
The charges stem from an incident Monday, July 31, that was brought to the attention of police after someone posted a video of it on social media. In the video, one group of teenagers tackles, kicks and punches another group during a confrontation on a Quincy pier.
It occurred in the state-owned Squantum Point Park, on a pier right next to the new Meriel Marina Bay development.
The video, which was quickly shared across various blogs and Facebook groups, shows some of the teenagers sucker-punching others. At one point, a teen is thrown to the ground and repeatedly kicked and punched by at least two others. Seconds later, another teen is tossed on the ground and beaten by three others. The video clip is one minute and 38 seconds long.
State Police spokesman David Procopio said that no victims made reports to police, who only became aware of the alleged crimes when the video began picking up steam online.
Here is the video:
All seven accused attackers face charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and kidnapping. The “dangerous weapon” part of the charge comes from the attackers kicking the victims with “shod feet” – while wearing shoes – police say. The kidnapping charge stems from the fact that the attackers prevented the victims from leaving the pier, according to police.
None of the seven teens has been arrested; they all will receive summonses with a court date for their arraignments, Procopio said.
State Police said that the five victims were between 14 and 16 years old, and none was seriously injured. Police didn’t release the victims’ names or hometowns.
Troopers conducted the investigation with the help of Quincy and Milton police officers.
State Police say that the investigation remains open, and more people could end up charged.