A video of youths apparently getting beat up on a pier in Quincy has been making the rounds on social media, and State Police are now looking into the incident.
The video footage shows four boys being taunted by another group of at least five boys in broad daylight on a pier at Squantum Point Park, which is next to Marina Bay.
After shouting at them and ordering them to leave, one of the perpetrators grabbed a boy who was standing at the railing and threw him down, sending him skidding across the wooden planks of the pier. Others then jumped into the fray and began punching and kicking the boy, who remained down on the ground, covering his head with his arms in an effort to protect himself. The perpetrators then threw a second boy down on the boardwalk, and punched and kicked him.
The motive for the attack remains unclear. Three young women can also be seen in the background of the video, but it’s unclear which group of boys they were with, or if they just happened to be there at the same time. Because the altercation occurred at a state park, the State Police are leading the investigation.
A copy of the video, which is just under a minute long, was posted to an Instagram account Tuesday along with the hashtag #QuincyVsMilton. In less than 24 hours, the clip had been viewed over 25,000 times and had generated over 1,000 comments.
State Police spokesman David Procopio said police are still trying to figure out whether the incident occurred Monday or Tuesday.
“No victims reported it to us,” he said. “We are in the process of identifying and trying to interview assailants and victims seen in the video. Once we do, we will have a better understanding of exactly when it happened.”
Procopio said State Police are working with Quincy and Milton police on the case.
Procopio said State Police will also make sure there’s more police presence in that area.
The Quincy Police Department also posted a statement on Facebook reminding people to report violent crimes as soon as they see them, and to forward any video evidence to law enforcement.
“The Quincy Police Department is aware of a video circulating social media of a fight that is believed to have taken place last night in Marina Bay,” police wrote.
“For victim privacy reasons, we would request that if a similar situation occurs, rather than post to social media, contact the investigating police agency and forward directly to them — particularly if it could involve juvenile victims.”
Anyone with information about the incident is encouraged to contact the State Police at 508-820-2300.Emily Sweeney can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @emilysweeney.