Cops reported being beaten, kicked, and even placed in chokeholds by hundreds of youngsters who brawled outside Boston movie houses that were advertising $4 tickets.
Two significant altercations, one including as many as 400 people erupted late on Sunday in the city outside AMC Theaters that were giving National Cinema Day ticket discounts.
According to police, it ended with 13 children, aged 12 to 17, being accused with assault and battery on a police officer as well as disorderly behaviors and disturbing the peace.
Local establishments were compelled to close early due to the youngsters’ car-jumping rampage, according to the police.
Police Commissioner Michael Cox said during a news conference on Monday that this behavior is not typical child behavior and is instead criminal activity.
Both situations had a large number of children, there was no supervision, and ultimately we had to intervene and take control by making arrests, according to Cox.
According to the Boston Globe, in one instance, police officers also complained to state social workers.
Teenagers Brawl Outside Boston Cinemas, Force Businesses to Close Early
Around 5 o’clock, the first altercation started. When police claim that almost 400 young people began fighting outside of an AMC movie on District Avenue, it was at the South Bay shopping area in Dorchester.
Due to the chaos, a number of local companies were forced to close early. According to CBS News, a Target close by even piled shopping carts behind its glass doors to prevent people from entering.
Additionally, moviegoers claimed that they had to leave the theater.
In the end, police detained eight juveniles who were involved in the violent altercation: two 12 year old, four 14 year old, and two 17 year old.
Another 150 kids gathered on the sidewalks and on the streets in front of the AMC Boston Common 19 just over five hours later, and one adolescent was even observed leaping on top of a car and pounding on the roof.
Just before 10 o’clock, according to Boston police, they were called to break up multiple fights, but when they got there, the teens had encircled them, cursed them out, and started attacking them.
In that altercation, five teens were detained: one was 13, one was 16, and three were 14.