With national tension between law enforcement and civilians at an all-time high, seven Roxbury teens are now facing charges in an assault of two Boston Police officers.
The officers were hospitalized following the attack in Roxbury on Monday. According to Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley's office, Woobenson Morisset, 19, and Lorcen Morisset, 18, were expected Tuesday in Roxbury Municipal Court on charges of assault and battery on the two police officers.
A 17-year-old boy and four teenage girls — ages, 13, 14, 15, and 16 — were scheduled to appear in Boston Juvenile Court Tuesday for their alleged role in the same incident, according to Conley spokesman Jake Wark.
Prosecutors claim the youths unleashed the beating, which included punching, kicking and choking, at an apartment on Wayne Street. Police said a violent struggle ensued inside the residence after the officers tried to deliver an arrest warrant for defaulting on court appearances to Woobenson Morisset.
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The officers, who were not named but were described as a male and a female, did not deploy their guns, but used pepper spray during the altercation. They were treated and released from a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Most of those accused in the attack are believed to be related, police said.
At a news conference Tuesday, Police Commissioner William Evans called the attack "troubling" and said he had visited the officers and that they were "pretty banged up."