Boston Police report eight arrests, dozens of tickets and 19 vehicle seizures and one gun seizure during a weekend series of raids at several locations from Roslindale to Dorchester on Saturday aimed at busting up the large rolling parties of scooters, ATVs and speaker-equipped and booze-filled cars that have become a regular event across the city.
The raids, which BPD organized with help from State Police and BTD tow-truck operators, were large enough to have their own code name - Operation Quiet Streets - and dedicated police radio channel to coordinate them. They took place Saturday night in the areas of Franklin Park - where metal barriers placed across roads on weekend nights have proven too easy to move - the strip mall on American Legion Highway in Roslindale near Walk Hill Street, Old Road in Dorchester and Von Hillern Street and Dorchester Avenue, also in Dorchester.
Organized groups of individuals – many from outside the City of Boston and the State of Massachusetts, including hundreds of vehicles, have been congregating in certain public areas of the City of Boston. These groups have been engaging in activity ranging from quality-of-life infractions to serious criminal activities. These activities can involve reckless operation of recreational vehicles with disregard for public safety.
Other criminal activity includes firearm violence, assaults, public consumption of alcohol, open drug consumption, fireworks and playing loud music. Additionally, various violations of the auto laws, such as drag racing, have occurred with these gatherings. Emergency Deployment Teams (EDTs) have been deployed to disperse these groups and have been met with resistance.
In total, police say, officers made 8 arrests, issued 4 summonses, handed out 57 moving-violation citations and 2 parking tickets, seized 3 scooters or ATVs and 8 "speaker cars," had 6 cars towed for auto-law violations and recovered one gun.
These gatherings have become a primary source of 911 calls and community complaints to the Boston Police Department due to its impact on the quality of life of and quiet enjoyment within neighborhoods.
Not hit on Saturday were some other trouble spots, including the Arboretum and the other strip mall on American Legion Highway in Roslindale.