This past Friday and Saturday nights, Boston Police assigned extra officers to patrol the area of American Legion Highway and Walk Hill Street to break up any nascent street parties and, residents report, it worked. But no extra officers on overtime Saturday night into Sunday morning meant nobody stationed there and the result was a loud party that lasted well into the morning, residents say.
One resident said last night some of the party goers opened up their cars and competed to see who had the loudest sound systems. "It sounds like the speakers are right in your house," she said at a meeting of the Southwest Boston Civic Association.
She said she did call 911 early in the festivities - and specified the address of 650 American Legion Highway, because dispatchers seem to get frustrated when residents don't know the exact address - and that police showed up and broke up the party. But then they left and 20 minutes later the partiers were back and kept at it until 1:30 a.m. or so, she said.
"I would suggest you call your elected officials," Capt. Joseph Gillespie of Area E-18 told residents who asked what they could do, because there's only so much BPD can do with current staffing, he said.