CAMBRIDGE — A large fight caused a disturbance on Washington Street Thursday evening, Nov. 5. Shortly after 6 p.m. police responded to the 900 block and found a large crowd gathered with a group of juveniles at the center fighting.
Police learned earlier in the day one male juvenile had damaged property belonging to a resident on the block, spurring on the fight. The juvenile refused to listen to officers and fled on foot before being caught and arrested.
While on scene, officers also learned another juvenile had pointed a rifle at the crowd prior to police arriving. Officers identified the suspect and recovered the weapon. That boy also was arrested and held at the Lower Eastern Shore Children Center.
During the incident, another group of juveniles on bikes rode through the scene cursing and yelling at officers and bystanders.
According to a statement from Captain Justin Todd, Cambridge Police operations commander, when officers attempted to approach the group to speak to them, one subject again began cursing the officers and then threw a rock at the officer. The juvenile then fled.
“We as a community have to understand that juveniles riding bikes is one thing, we can educate them on the rules of the road, how to be safe when on the roadway etc, however, when you have juveniles terrorizing residents of our city by damaging property, waving guns, and assaulting police officers by throwing rocks, that is when it becomes unacceptable, not to mention dangerous, for the citizens and the police which it will not be tolerated,” Todd said.
A video of the incident was captured by Cambridge resident Lynette Wongus, who took issue with the police response.
“These cops don’t do this to grown (expletive deleted) men. This is a 13-year-old child! Check out his knee! Unacceptable!” she wrote on social media. “While the police was chasing the children on the bike, the grown (expletive deleted) folks was on Moores shooting. Moores Ave. is the hottest block in town and the police is NEVER present.”
Wongus reached out to Cambridge Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley and said she would be bringing these young men to the town meeting on Monday.
Police did report a shooting incident on Moore’s Avenue at about 7:30 p.m. the same night.
Jackson-Stanley said she was aware of the video and had not yet spoken with Cambridge Police Chief Mark Lewis regarding the incident. She said she welcomes anyone who is willing to step forward with solutions.
Meetings are always open for public comment, she said.
The mayor said there have been some discussions regarding a possible curfew and support from allied agencies, but further plans would be directed by the chief of police.
Jackson-Stanley said she is concerned about any kind of unrest and condemns violence of any kind. “I am very concerned and will take all comments and suggestions seriously.”
Editor’s note: Messages left for Lewis were not returned by press time.