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Man charged with starting and leading group attack on a South Bay corrections officer as he arrived for work

Boston Police report arresting a man for starting what turned into a stomping of a corrections officer that included beating him with a metal pipe on Atkinson Street just outside the South Bay House of Correction this morning.

Police say Torre Jenkins, 45, already had warrants out for his arrest on charges of drug dealing and attacking a public employee when he yelled at the corrections officer as the guard was approaching work at the jail around 7:30 a.m.

The victim stated he rolled his window down when the unknown male approached him and struck him in the face with an open fist. The victim stated he exited his vehicle and engaged the unknown male suspect in a physical fight. The victim stated about five individuals joined the fight and began to assault the victim. The victim stated that during the altercation, he was struck multiple times with a metal pipe. The victim further stated his watch, glasses and cell phone were stolen.

Officers received additional information that an individual in the area had entered the victim’s motor vehicle and unsuccessfully attempted to flee the scene. Officers were able to locate and apprehend the male in the area of Southampton Street and Atkinson Street.

Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins reports the officer is out of the hospital and that the investigation "remains highly active."

Police say Jenkins was initially charged with breaking and entering of a motor vehicle. His outstanding warrants were for distribution of Class A and B drugs out of Roxbury court and possession of Class B drugs assault and battery on a public employee and disturbing a correctional institution out of Boston Municipal Court, police say.

Innocent, etc.

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The footage they've released shows the whole thing. It's Lord of the Flies like except they are all addicts.

Will the city NOW stop neglecing that area? Will they do anything other than push people down the road?

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lies squarely on the Sheriff and the Mayor for allowing the shenanigans to go on for so long in this area. I'm surprised the businesses around here don't start a revolution.

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would not allow this shit to go on in the Seaport or Fort Point neighborhoods.

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I voted for Doug.

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I disagree with the Sheriff part. The role of Sheriffs Department in MA is limited to the care and custody of inmates. The regional assets they provide to smaller towns is said to only take funding/responsibilities away from the actual Police Departments. This is on the Mayor and a DA’s office that isn’t interested in holding criminals responsible. I’m going to call it enabling until I see some legit stats saying her methods are helping.

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And he allowed this to go on outside his jail. He could’ve called his pal and asked to send the cops down to clear the area. He is responsible along with the Mayor.

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I was referring to DA RR as a she, not the Sheriff. This was all occurring off jail property, Police responsibility.

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and wtf you doing rolling down your window for?

politely discus current events?

1 of 2 things happened here:

drug dealer provoked the victim and the victim's machismo forced him to "teach him a lesson"

or

drug deal gone bad

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Your story is that a corrections officer stopped in front of his workplace to conduct an open air drug deal in plain sight? That is shit all stupid.

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triggered much?

the dudes not a cop, he works in corrections

if i dont know jack, please enlighten me as to why you get out of your car or even roll down your window if apporached by one of the zombies on melnea?

like i said, he had business with the perp or his ego got in the way of his brain

if theres more to this, please let us know

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Indeed.

If you intentionally interact with those zombies by getting out of your car then yes, that IS shit all stupid.

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Some of you guys need to learn how to read correctly. No where does it state he was trying to stop a drug deal. He opened his window and got sucker punched.

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I suspect the victim has been exposed to the methadone mile mayhem for quite some time every single day. You think as an officer he’s going to let these people push him around? I don’t blame him for sticking up for himself.

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I kind of agree. He should have drove away and handled later. Did he not foresee that he would be teamed up on if he got out of his car? Not a wise decision.

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Kimberly Bookman reports that on the orders of Mayor Walsh and Commissioner William Gross, BPD began a sweep of Atkinson Street tonight: They surrounded and shut the street and were busy arresting everybody they could find with any outstanding warrants.

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Non-prosecutable offenses in Rachel's view?

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Now act your age.

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Your stupidity and inability to read a freely available policy statement can't be prosecuted.

You can't jail stupid.

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Open-air drug markets, syringe-strewn streets, sidewalks full of zombies on the nod, all over the city. Nothing but speeches and studies.

Mob attacks and nearly kills a correctional officer. The media shows up, and suddenly Marty finds some money and some manpower.

The City of Boston has been on an economic upswing for over a decade, yet the mayor just watches as the opioid crisis festers, the Long Island situation drags on and on, and homeless people are reduced to sleeping in empty storefronts in broad daylight, from Methadone Mile to Boylston Street to Downtown Crossing. I can only imagine how much worse it's going to be when the recession arrives.

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Not that I'm excusing the initial punch in the face, but am I supposed to believe that what the corrections officer did at 0:11 constitutes "self-defense?"

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Why was his vehicle initially stopped when he has a clear path in front of him? After he was punched, why did he engage the victim? Why didn't he call 911 or drive around the corner to his workplace to request back up? The victim was looking for something (drugs), unfortunately, he got more than he bargained for. At least all the residents and taxpayers now know what it takes for the area to be temporarily cleaned up. Guaranteed, if this happened to a civilian, the case would not have received the same response.

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Arresting several people and evicting hundreds. They left Transit Police out because they are moving their homeless problems to the red line at Andrew station.

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is like skid row.

The lower end has all sorts of nooks and crannies for junkies to hide, shoot up, screw, and crap in so it's a win/win for everyone but the taxpayers.

So far we have:

Million dollar condos
+ the always "murder-y" McCormack Projects
+ rapid influx of desperate junkies
+ wide eyed young people now living in the Big City jogging at night with earbuds

= the only way Marty will listen is when a rich white kid from Weston "living her best life" is murdered on her evening run after spin class and not until a scenario like that arises will he give a single, solitary [email protected]#%.

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Now that the police have stormed the barricades and evicted hundreds of desperate souls the homeless will seek refuge in the tunnels of the MBTA or under Newmarket station.

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The staff working in that area know that corrections officer well. He has a history of taunting people, brushing them back with his car (which is what started this interaction), and threatening people. Basically, he goes out of his way to be an a-hole. This time he picked the wrong person and escalated the situation by both rolling down his window to yell and getting out of his car. And he’s not the only one. That’s the quality of the people they have working in corrections there.

Of course, the corrections/police community are turning this guy into the ultimate victim of “those animals”, but this situation did not have to happen. He had many chances to drive on into the parking lot and go into work. He had many chances to be a functional, reasonable adult. But he chose differently.

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