Stoughton, MA — An estimated 200 people got into a melee at a baby shower on Saturday night requiring a response from about 30 police officers including those from neighboring jurisdictions. One of the officers, Stoughton Sgt. Daniel McGowan, called what responding officers encountered a “nightmare.”
The Patriot Ledger describes the scene at the baby shower shortly before midnight:
“Bottles were being thrown, punches were flying, and furniture was smashed at the Club Luis de Camoes at 76 Porter St. as small children were nearby — and police recorded numerous fights there on video cameras attached to their tasers, said McGowan, who responded to the scene. Four people, including a 14-year-old boy, now face charges in the incident.
“… Police said the fights were happening in front of small children at the party, and officers attempted to protect the children and break up the fights at the same time.”
According to WCVB in Boston, this is how things got out of hand:
“Police said an officer was working detail at [the club] at about 11:45 p.m. when a bleeding guest told him he had been sucker punched by another partygoer. While calling for backup, police said dozens of baby shower patrons became involved in a full-fledged brawl.”
The guest of honor reportedly blamed gate crashers and overly aggressive cops for what happened at the baby shower, according to the Boston Herald.
The four men arrested — who are charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, and assault and battery on a police officer — are scheduled to be arraigned in Stoughton District Court today.