Police: Crowd opens hydrant, dumps water on officers making arrest


While Boston police arrested a person for allegedly carrying an unlawful gun in a fanny pack in Roxbury on Tuesday, a crowd reportedly gathered and illegally opened a fireplace hydrant, “causing a heavy flow of water pressure onto the street directed at the officers,” authorities stated in a release.

“I’m alarmed by the level of hostility my officers had to face while arresting a felon armed with an illegal firearm,” Boston Police Commissioner William Gross stated in a press release. “They were attacked by members of the very same community they were attempting to protect by affecting this arrest.”

Police stated officers responded to a radio name for an individual carrying a gun inside a fanny pack round 5:40 p.m. Tuesday close to Maple Street and Cheney Street.

As officers drove on Cheney Street towards Blue Hill Avenue, they reportedly noticed a person, later recognized as 44-year-old Jermaine Thomas of Mattapan, carrying a fanny pack round his left shoulder. 

Police stated as they left their cruiser to talk with Thomas, a big crown started gathering within the space. 

“Officers attempted to gain control of the suspects hands at which time the suspect immediately grabbed the officer’s wrist and began squeezing it,” police stated within the launch. “As officers struggled to gain control, the suspect ripped his hands away and continued to resist by clinching his arms and pushing at officers causing a Body Worn Camera to be knocked off and picked up by an unknown bystander.”

As the group grew bigger, police stated a Boston Fire Department hydrant was illegally opened and the stream of water was allegedly directed at officers.

Officers had been reportedly trying to handcuff Thomas after they stated they “felt an object consistent with that of a firearm inside of the fanny pack.”

Police stated they recovered a Ruger Lightweight Compact Revolver loaded with 5 rounds of ammunition, and arrested Thomas.

While shifting him into their marked cruiser, police stated a member of the group started “throwing buckets of water on the officers.” 

“Public safety is a shared responsibility,” Commissioner Gross reminded the neighborhood in his assertion. “We need to continue to work together, not in opposition towards one another, to achieve that goal.”

Thomas is now dealing with his third subsequent illegal possession of a firearm cost, an illegal possession of ammunition cost, and one for resisting arrest. 

He is predicted to be arraigned at Roxbury District Court.