Boston, MA – A Suffolk County corrections officer was beaten in the street in front of his workplace on Thursday morning, and by Thursday, police had begun making sweeping arrests in the area where the attack happened (video below).
The Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department said the corrections officer, whose name has been withheld, was on his way to work at about 7 a.m. when he encountered an angry mob and was beaten, WCVB reported.
The corrections officer was parked in his personal vehicle in front of the Suffolk County House of Correction on Atkinson Street when the attack occurred.
Surveillance video from a nearby building showed that a man reached into the corrections officer’s car and punched him.
When the corrections officer got out of his car to confront his attacker, he was surrounded and beaten with fists and at least one pipe, WCVB reported.
The corrections officer was dragged away from his vehicle and beaten more, then robbed of his glasses, watch, and cell phone.
“I’ve never seen a pack of animals jump somebody like that this is something that I never though I see anything like that,” the officer’s father told WCVB.
His son told responding Boston Police Department officers that one of his five attackers was armed with a metal pipe, according to WHDH.
A short while later, Boston police arrested 45-year-old Torre Jenkins for the attack and recovered the metal pipe that was used to beat the corrections officer, WCVB reported.
The Correction Officers Local 419 released a statement denouncing the attack and said the area around the detention center has become “a haven for crime, clearly without recourse, and is based on the neglect from the city.”
The union called the conditions around the facility a “quality of life issue” and called for the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office to “make a stand” with a swift, aggressive prosecution of those involved, WHDH reported.
Union spokesman Jonathan Corey said it wasn’t the first time a corrections officer had problems outside their office, WCVB reported.
“The Local is outraged that the mecca of crime within the city of Boston has been brought to our front door with disregard for anyone else’s safety,” Corey said.
Hours after the attack, Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Boston Police Commissioner William Gross ordered officers to conduct “Operation Clean Sweep” on the stretch of roadway where the corrections officer was attacked, known as part of the city’s “Methadone Mile” because of all the druggies and homeless that live there.
“They just corralled us all on the street in between a whole bunch of police officers on that end and a whole bunch on this end,” one man who was there told WHDH. “They told us we couldn’t leave until they started checking us all out and finding out if we had warrants and stuff like that.”
Fifteen arrests were made for outstanding warrants and drug offenses, WCVB reported.
Numerous other people were taken to shelter or given medical attention during the quick clean up on Atkinson, WHDH reported.
Afterward, the city literally sent in a street sweeper to clear the needles, trash, and debris from the area.
See the attack on the corrections officer in the video below: