Man steals woman's purse, other women grab him, beat him to the ground

Happened around 9:50 p.m. outside the YMCA at 776 Washington St. in Dorchester. When police arrived, the pummeled purse snatcher was surrounded by five women. He declined to cooperate with police.

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      Self-defense? In Boston?

      I didn't think that sort of thing would be allowed here! What other types of self-defense are allowed in Boston?

      Were the women later admonished by the police not to take such matters into their own hands again, and instead "leave it to us?"

      And what does City Hall think of all this?