On Monday, elected officials, law enforcement, residents and neighbors gathered to discuss public safety in the neighborhood at the Iron Workers Union Hall. South Boston Beat on Youtube recorded the meeting. Topics of discussion included Mass + Cass, trouble at the beaches, on the MBTA, spiked drinks at bars/restaurants, St. Patrick’s Day Parade and the need for more police presence.
Things got a little heated when one resident and member of the Boston Police Department called out an incident reported in the Boston Herald that involved City Councilor-at-large Julia Mejia and a Boston Police officer and an accusation of intimidation against Mejia.
Bill “Touchie” McDonough – local community meeting legend – brought up that we need to arrest the people committing crimes and the system is broken. He mention the fact that Mayor Wu is spending too much time and money on things like parties on open streets – like the Celtics viewing party and the Donna Summer Disco Party. He would like there to be more focus on public safety.
The crowd in the back of the room began to erupt into chant of “Shame on Wu” while Flynn tried to regain control of the meeting. Congressman Steve Lynch then took the mic and tried to quiet the crowd. He asked the crowd to allow the person on the panel to answer the questions and concerns being shouted out. Then it turned into a shouting match back and forth.
The assistant DA Kevin Mullen got up and tried to speak. Flynn asked the crowd to be respectful. The crowd in the back was going nuts again. Lynch took the mic and said the crowd in the back didn’t seem to want solutions. “Let’s be respectful of each other. Let’s have a conversation.” The loud crowd was not having it.
Mullen got back up, “Our entire office is dedicated to keeping the streets safe.” The DA’s office is working to get the pimps and drug pushers off of the Mass+ Cass area. The stopping of drug-trafficking guns is another top priority of the DA’s office.
Flynn did wrap up the meeting by apologizing to the residents for the rude and disrespectful crowd in the back of the room.
You can watch the full video of the meeting here.