September 1919 / Boston Public Library photo / The Boston Police strike began at 5:45 pm on September 9 1919. During the strike Boston experienced many outbreaks of lawlessness. Here members of the States Guardsmen rounded up rioters at the Brewer Fountain on Boston Common. The striking policeman did not recover their jobs. On December 20th the last of the State Guardsmen were demobilized as 1100 new recruits, largely ex-servicemen began as Boston Police officers.