Police use beanbag gun to subdue barricaded man trying to blow up his Charlestown apartment

Boston Police report a man barricaded himself in his Walford Way apartment, ripped a gas line out of the wall and then failed to blow the place up because he couldn't get his lighter to work.

Police say when officers arrived at 106 Walford Way around 12:10 p.m., the man was still trying to ignite the gas.

Officers were able to quickly and tactically enter the residence and, using the less-lethal, Super Sock round shotgun, disarmed the male and placed him into custody. The male was transported by EMS to an area hospital for evaluation, and officers will seek complaints against him for Attempted Arson, Assault by Means of a Dangerous Weapon, and Disorderly Person.

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There's no question that the Boston Police have shown much more

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There's no question but that the Boston Police have shown much more self-control and restraint in tense or horrific situations than they used to. The Boston Police have been much better than a lot of other Police departments throughout the United States in tense or dangerous situations.

It's a good thing that the BPD did show some restraint, or people would've been seriously maimed or killed. It's a good thing that crazy guy who was trying to blow up his Walford Way apartment didn't succeed in doing so.

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What is the TPF?

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And what memories do you have?

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TPF

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Is the legendary Toilet Paper Fight between the Boston Police and State Police over jurisdiction of the Seaport District.

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TPF

stands for Tactical Patrol Force, a group of specially chosen BPD goons who terrorized the city during the busing until they were rightfully disbanded.

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Thanks for the non sequitur?

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You might want to consider why you have a need to say something negative almost every time you comment, regardless of the nature of Adam’s story.

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You're welcome!!

And what you perceive as negativity, might just be reality.

Then tell me how many times you saw the TPF barreling up Walford Way on their way to kick someone's ass without the beanbag gun.

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Please Explain

What the hell does any of this have to do with the story on BPD showing proper restraint and skill in 2018?

If you want to "remember the TPF", write up a blog entry about it on this site. With some history on how the unit came about, what it did, and why it was dissolved in the context of its historical period, that could be very interesting. Maybe Adam will promote it to the front page.

Meanwhile, your random flashback has nothing to do with the story at hand, other than, maybe, extolling the benefits of properly training cops (a point that you don't even make).

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Sigh....

Gee, Swirl. Bee in your bonnet today? And considering the amount of times you’ve stretched topics into pontificating about the minutiae of your seemingly boring existence not watching cops beat the fuck out of people, and one might think you’d be a little more interested in doing the research yourself.

You know, when you’re not costing your employer time spent here?

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Busing violence occurred over 40 years ago

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I’d say it’s not relevant to the story of bpd officers bravely preventing a suicide and potential harm to other residents, but you know that already. You are not a dumb man. Just angry, spiteful and dissatisfied with your lot in life. Please talk to somebody and stop using this forum as a place to vent your anger.

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Costing my employer?

You can use the track function and the posting time to note that I'm not costing my employer much of anything.

The anger, the whataboutism, and the HEY LOOK AT ME is strong with you.

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Interesting!

The amount of armchair psychologists that permeate this site!

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Your experience?

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Could you gone an example from your personal experience with the TPF so we can understand better? Thank you.

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They used to ride those big ole 70's Harley's

And were called in for the slightest reason, as the regular beat cops and the locals all knew each other. They knew who the troublemakers were and had no problem "putting the slippers" to you if you were on their radar.

One time, the boys strung a bunch of high test fishing wire from one side of Walford to the other side and then some of the shorties started throwing rocks at the TPF guys sitting on their bikes. They did their usual riding off to chase after them when the wire knocked the first two cops on their asses.

Maybe someday I'll tell the story of the time they took me in a room in the basement of the old District 4 on East Berkeley and a couple of the BPD's finest beat the fuck out of me with a phone book. You know, because I had a wise mouth and not because I was looking for attention and was a sad bitter 16 year old man with clear rage issues.

Good times?

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The TPF was Boston's Tactical Patrol Force,

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which was employed at the time of Boston's Federal Court-mandated, large-scale, cross-city school busing edict, to keep and maintain order. All too often, however, they either didn't react forcefully enough on those who acted in an extreme or racist manner, or over-reacted, beating up and/or injuring people, indiscriminately.

Many Townies were pissed off at them for their overreactions, as well.

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Boston Police

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Great Job! Thank you for your professionalism. Of course if you ticket or tow my illegally parked car this week you suck.

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Glad it turned out OK, but

Is there something about the use of the less-lethal, Super Sock round shotgun that does not involve an explosion of burning powder into the gas-filled apartment?

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Well

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They have shown great training in these situations. And I commend them for that. However they take that out in other ways. Look at all the charges officers have accumulated. I guess I'll trade the other stuff for the lives that have been saved.

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