BPD Photo of the Day: Meet Our New Friend Ashton A. Antoine!

On Thursday, Boston Police Commissioner Evans and several officers from District B-3 were honored to attend a concert and book signing by 5-year-old Ashton A. Antoine. This young man is quite remarkable, writing his own book about his life “5 My Magic Number.” All the officers in attendance were extremely impressed by his musical talents (he plays 5 instruments), his multi-lingual abilities (he speaks 5 languages), and his worldliness (he has already visited 5 different countries)! Not to mention, he loves police officers and hopes to be one someday! We have a feeling this young man will make a great officer in the future!

One Less Gun: Officers Arrest 14-year-old Boy in Possession of Firearm in Roxbury

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At about 12:35 AM on Saturday, July 30, 2016, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) made an onsite firearm-related arrest in the area of 144 Ruthven Street.

While on directed patrol in the area of Humboldt Avenue due to recent firearm-related incidents, officers observed two males walking with sweatshirts on with the hoods up tight around their faces. The two males stared long and hard at the officers, looking back at them several times as they went by in their cruiser. One of the males also appeared to be holding an object in his waistband. Given the nearly 80 degree temperatures and extreme humidity of the evening, officers believed the males may be concealing weapons with their bulky sweatshirts. Officers attempted to approach the males and immediately the male who appeared to be holding his waistband fled the officers on foot. One officer followed him and, after pursuing him through several yards, caught up with him as he fell to the ground in the rear of 144 Ruthven Street. As the male fell, the officer observed a thud sound and saw the leaves and grass move about 5 feet from the male. The officer apprehended the male, and further inspection of the area revealed a black loaded semi-automatic Star Firestar .45 caliber firearm that the suspect had discarded.

The officers placed the 14-year-old juvenile from Hyde Park under arrest and charged him with Delinquent to Wit; Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, and Unlawfully Carrying a Loaded Firearm.

MEDIA AVAILABILTY: Boston Police Commissioner Evans to Provide Updated Timeline from Kyzr Willis Death Investigation

WHO:            Boston Police Commissioner William Evans with members of BPD Homicide Unit

WHAT:          Boston Police Commissioner Bill Evans will provide updated information relative to the investigation into Kyzr Willis’s death.

WHEN:          Friday, July 29, 2016 at 3:30 PM.

WHERE:       Boston Police Headquarters in the Media Room, One Schroeder Plaza, Boston, MA 02120.

CONTACT:   Boston Police Media Relations (617) 343-4520 for media inquiries.

Boston 24: Friday, July 29, 2016

Data includes 24 HR PERIOD beginning Thursday @ 10:00 a.m. through Friday @ 10:00 a.m.

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 1
Nonfatal Stabbings: 0

Street Robberies: 3
Commercial Robberies: 0
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 0

Vehicle Thefts: 1
Vehicle Recoveries: 3
Vehicle Breaks: 2

Residential Break-ins: 1
Commercial Break-ins: 0

Note: The information above is preliminary information, and should not be considered official crime statistics. The information is based on an initial review of incident reports and may not be a comprehensive listing of events. It is not a statistical analysis, but rather an initial tally of significant events.

Daily Dose of Great Police Work: BPD Sergeant Takes Suspect into Custody after the Suspect Charges Sergeant with Knife

 

At about 9:50 PM on Thursday, July 28, 2016, officers from District A-1 (Downtown) responded to a radio call for a person with a knife in the area of the TD Garden at 100 Legends Way.

A sergeant, who had been informed that the suspect was threatening women and security officers in the area with a knife, arrived first on the scene and observed the suspect brandishing a folding knife in his hand. As the sergeant exited his cruiser, the suspect charged at him, screaming that he would kill the officer. The sergeant quickly drew his department issued firearm and ordered the suspect to drop the knife. The suspect complied and, with the assistance of other officers, the sergeant was able to place the suspect into custody. Officers arrested 20-year-old Michael Garrick of Boston and charged him with three counts of Assault by Means of a Dangerous Weapon (Knife) and Threats.

Said the sergeant at the scene, “His advance at me was so fast that before I could exit the motor vehicle, he was already about four feet or so from my door.” Police Commissioner Evans again commended the restraint and quick-thinking used by his officers in detaining a suspect threatening others’ lives with a dangerous weapon.

Traffic Advisory: Weekend of Saturday, July 30 and Sunday, July 31, 2016

Puerto Rican Parade, Other Weekend Events

Boston’s annual Puerto Rican Parade will take place on Sunday, July 31, 2016: 

BTD suggests that people attending the event refrain from driving their personal vehicles into the city.  Information on Hubway, the regional bike-share service, may be found at www.thehubway.com and information on the MBTA may be found at www.mbta.com. For a faster return trip, the MBTA advises riders to purchase a round trip rather than a one-way ticket.

Boylston Street will be closed to traffic between Massachusetts Avenue and Exeter Street, from 10:30 AM to 11:45 AM for set-up, and the full route will be closed through approximately 3:30 PM.

At 12 Noon the parade will begin with 5,000 marchers proceeding along Boylston Street, turning left onto Tremont Street and continuing onto Cambridge Street to City Hall Plaza, where the Puerto Rican Festival is taking place this weekend.

“Tow Zone No Stopping Boston Police Special Event Sunday” parking restrictions will be in effect at the following locations:

  • Boylston street, both sides, from Dalton Street to Tremont Street
  • Fairfield Street, both sides, from Boylston Street to Newbury Street
  • Gloucester Street, both sides, from Newbury Street to Boylston Street
  • Tremont Street, both sides, from Boylston Street to Cambridge Street
  • Cambridge Street, both sides, from Tremont Street to New Chardon Street, excluding any HP spaces
  • New Chardon Street, both sides, from Cambridge Street to Congress Street

Events that will impact traffic and parking on Saturday, July 30, include the following:

Horadan Way, Mission Hill, will be closed to traffic from Turquoise Way to Cornelia Court from 9 AM to 8 PM for a neighborhood event. “Tow Zone No Stopping Boston Police Special Event Saturday 9 AM to 8 PM” parking restrictions will be in effect.

Wendover Street, Dorchester, will be closed to traffic from Humphreys to Quincefield Street from 11 AM to 5 PM for a neighborhood event.

Trescott Street, Dorchester, will be closed to traffic from Bakersfield Street to Pleasant Street from 10 AM to 6 PM for a neighborhood event. "Tow Zone No Stopping Boston Police Special Event Saturday 10 AM to 6 PM” parking restrictions will be in effect.

Brent Street, Dorchester, will be closed to traffic from Joseph Street to Wainwright Street from 9 AM to 5 PM for a neighborhood event.

Great Work Recognized: Three Local Dorchester Kids Raise Money for Family of Deceased Boston Police Officer

Today, Thursday, July 28, 2016, the Boston Police Department recognized the fundraising efforts of Peter Cahill, Timmy Galvin and Ryan Sweeney from the Dorchester Community.

Last year, Peter, Timmy, and Ryan created a street hockey tournament, recently dubbed the “Dot Pot,” to help a friend whose father had been diagnosed with cancer and whose family needed support.

Last year’s Dot Pot was such a success that the boys continued their fundraising efforts this year, already raising approximately $10K through the tournament that will take place this upcoming weekend. This money raised will be donated to support the family of late Boston Police Officer Michael Baker. This year Officer Baker left three children behind and his wife, who was recently diagnosed with cancer.

The Boston Police Department wants to thank Peter, Timmy, and Ryan for taking the initiative, for stepping up, and for making a positive impact in the lives of those who are facing tremendous challenges. For their excellent effort, compassion, community involvement and support of our law enforcement family, we say thank you!

BPD in the News: Music Brings Boston Police and City Youth Together

Photo courtesy of Timothy Tai (Boston Globe)

In the past few weeks, when across the country it seems as though there is a great divide between police officers and communities, here in Boston we are constantly finding new ways to become closer and open more lines of communication with the people of our city. Shaw Pong Liu, a classically trained violinist, recently introduced the Boston Police Department to one a new, unique way of reaching out to our communities—through music. Liu’s project, called “Code Listen,” combines musical “jam sessions” and open dialogue between Boston police officers and local youth to build stronger relationships between the BPD and the people we serve. “We’re never one to shy away from dialogue,” Police Commissioner Evans said through a spokesperson. “Music is another form of conversation, and this is another way to engage the community.” Malcolm Gay from the Boston Globe brings you the full story here:

https://www.bostonglobe.com/arts/music/2016/07/27/can-violinist-bring-boston-police-youth-together-through-music/vtPoXNKFQ2IVodt2HOI6PK/story.html

Daily Dose of Great Police Work: With the Help of the Public, Officers Catch Package Thieves Red-Handed

 

At about 4:55 PM on Wednesday, July 27, 2016, members of the District D-14 (Brighton) Neighborhood Drug Control Unit responded to a radio call for persons stealing packages in the area of 1302 Commonwealth Avenue.

Upon hearing the details of the 911 call, the DCU officers in the area set up surveillance on two males fitting the descriptions of the suspects outside 1298 Comm Ave. Shortly, officers observed a resident enter the front door of the building via key. As he passed through the door, one of the suspects ran up, prevented the door from closing, and slipped into the building behind the resident. The second suspect remained seated on the front steps looking back and forth as if maintaining a lookout for the first suspect before entering the building himself. Minutes later, officers approached the front door and were greeted by the building manager who advised them she was approached by a witness who informed her two suspects were opening packages and stealing the contents inside the building. The officers located the two suspects inside the residence, as well as several packages that had been ripped opened and rummaged through. Officers were also able to locate several stolen items from one of the suspect’s bicycles and from the area where they had been sitting.

Officers arrested 36-year-old Courtney Alexander Perry of Everett and 21-year-old James Witkowski-Owens of Dorchester and charged them with Breaking and Entering in the Daytime (3 counts each), Larceny from a Building (2 counts each), and Trespassing (Witkowski-Owens 2 counts, Perry 1 count).

Boston 24: Thursday, July 28, 2016

Data includes 24 HR PERIOD beginning Wednesday @ 10:00 a.m. through Thursday @ 10:00 a.m.

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 2

Street Robberies: 2
Commercial Robberies: 0
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 0

Vehicle Thefts: 8
Vehicle Recoveries: 0
Vehicle Breaks: 10

Residential Break-ins: 8
Commercial Break-ins: 0

Note: The information above is preliminary information, and should not be considered official crime statistics. The information is based on an initial review of incident reports and may not be a comprehensive listing of events. It is not a statistical analysis, but rather an initial tally of significant events.

Keeping Boston Safe: Kids and Officers Alike Benefit from "Public Safety Day for Kids with Special Needs"

For parents with kids with special needs, discovering that their child has wandered off or gone missing is one of their biggest nightmares. Compounding that fear is the idea that many children with special needs experience sensory overload around loud noises and flashing lights, especially when created by the sirens and lights on our police cars. So instead of running towards police officers tasked with finding them and bringing them home,  imagine a heartbreaking scenario where a child with special needs is too afraid to run towards the help they need. To conquer that concern, put kids at ease, and build a bridge of understanding, "Public Safety Day for Kids with Special Needs" was created. Kids are encouraged to sit our cars and play with sirens for as long as they want. In Boston, keeping kids safe is one of top priorities, and you can see in the photos, Safety Day is one way we achieve that goal.

ICYMI: Youth Group Visits District C-11 to Present Artwork and Initiate Current Events Discussion

On Wednesday, July 13, 2016, the Lasagna & Co. Kids from the Dorchester House came by District C-11 to prevent violence in their neighborhood and to support the officers that serve and protect their neighborhoods. The group was inquisitive about the violence that has been occurring across our country and what they can do to prevent it.

Officer Timothy Golden and Captain Timothy Connolly facilitated an impromptu, rich discussion about current events between the police and the communities that they serve, focused on mutual respect and procedural justice.  

The group presented District C-11 with their rendition of peace through art. The artwork will be displayed in the C-11 Guardroom for all officers to appreciate.    

BPD Officers Greatly Appreciate Sign of Support at the Intersection of Mill and Everett Streets in Dorchester

Thank You for Supporting Us: During these extremely troubling and turbulently violent times for police officers around the country, signs of appreciation and support are valued more than ever before. With that said, a community member recently sent us photos of a sign of support, a literal sign, in the form of BPD cruiser located at the intersection of Mill and Everett Streets in Dorchester. As you can see in the photos, the fine print along the side of the cruiser reads: “Support Boston Police.” To the person or persons who created the sign – we at the BPD say: “Thanks for supporting us and recognizing that here in Boston, public safety is a team sport.”

SINCEREST FORM OF FLATTERY: St. Louis Police Department smartly adds police-themed ice cream truck to patrol force

SINCEREST FORM OF FLATTERY: It’s often said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and, with that thought in mind, the men and women of the Boston Police Department were especially pleased and proud to see the St. Louis Police Department follow our lead in their understandably astute decision to add a police-themed ice cream truck to their patrol force. As we can attest and have shown since 2010, the  BPD Ice Cream truck is a phenomenally effective community outreach tool and continues to be an invaluable asset in our ongoing efforts to further strengthen our relationships with our city’s young people. In a word, you’re gonna love your new truck and we wish for you the same kind of success we’ve enjoyed here in Boston.

Boston 24: Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Data includes 24 HR PERIOD beginning Tuesday @ 10:00 a.m. through Wednesday @ 10:00 a.m.

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 3
Nonfatal Stabbings: 1

Street Robberies: 2
Commercial Robberies: 1
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 0

Vehicle Thefts: 2
Vehicle Recoveries: 0
Vehicle Breaks: 9

Residential Break-ins: 1
Commercial Break-ins: 2

Note: The information above is preliminary information, and should not be considered official crime statistics. The information is based on an initial review of incident reports and may not be a comprehensive listing of events. It is not a statistical analysis, but rather an initial tally of significant events.

Boston 24: Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Data includes 24 HR PERIOD beginning Monday @ 10:00 a.m. through Tuesday @ 10:00 a.m.

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 3
Nonfatal Stabbings: 1

Street Robberies: 6
Commercial Robberies: 1
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 1

Vehicle Thefts: 1
Vehicle Recoveries: 1
Vehicle Breaks: 9

Residential Break-ins: 5
Commercial Break-ins: 0

Note: The information above is preliminary information, and should not be considered official crime statistics. The information is based on an initial review of incident reports and may not be a comprehensive listing of events. It is not a statistical analysis, but rather an initial tally of significant events.