From the Boston Herald’s Michele McPhee :
Seventeen teenagers, most of them college students, were arraigned in front of Judge Edward Redd on disorderly conduct charges after they allegedly refused to obey orders from Boston police officers. Police wanted to clear the crowd to avoid a repeat of the melee that broke out after the Red Sox clinched the ALCS title in 2004, a tragedy that left 21-year-old Emerson College student Victoria Snelgrove dead, accidentally killed by a pepper pellet fired by a cop.
Seven of yesterday™s suspects were ordered by Redd to write a œfive-page essay detailing what they have each learned from the experience of getting arrested and that they provide the court with written verification that their parents are aware that they have been arrested and charged in connection with this incident, said Suffolk District Attorney™s Office spokesman Jake Wark.
Redd also ordered that they stay away from Fenway Park for the duration of the World Series and told them their parents had to sign the essays for his approval at their next court date in November.
All told, there were 26 arrests made after the Red Sox win.
Mayor Thomas Menino (above) said he was pleased with the way police handled the crowds, despite some complaints that the cops were overzealous. Boston police spokeswoman Elaine Driscoll said no complaints were logged against the cops.
œWe wanted to send a strong message that shenanigans would not be tolerated, Menino said. œWe were a lot better prepared this year than we were in 2004.
Presumably, better prepared than 2004 would indicate Meinio’s police are less likely to shoot an innocent bystander to death.
There’s no word yet on which of the essayists might be offered a contract with Page 2.