Brockton

‘Operation Hot August Nights' cracks down on crime in Brockton

The operation resulted in 35 arrests and five criminal summons, Massachusetts State Police said

Massachusetts State Police

Massachusetts State Police worked with Brockton police to crack down on violent crime and other issues that affect the quality of life in the city.

Operation Hot August Nights is what police call a zero-tolerance mission to patrol the city, and included members of Massachusetts State Police, Brockton Police and Massachusetts Environmental Police working from the ground and the air.

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It began in the afternoon Wednesday and resulted in 35 arrests and five criminal summons, according to State Police. The alleged crimes included dangerous dirt bike rides on city streets, assault, fleeing a traffic stop, parole violations, and drug charges, among other things.

Police released video that provides a snapshot of the operation from the eyes of the Massachusetts State Police Air Wing. There were two helicopters over the city to help track any suspects trying to escape ground units.

"There were also scooters and dirt bikes that were violating the law," Brockton Police Department spokesman Darren Duarte explained. "They were unregistered or they were driving erratically."

Duarte said seven dirt bikes and scooters were seized that night.

"The other day I was coming on Main Street and the dirt bikes was coming on one wheel and coming straight at me. I had to swerve because I thought he was going to hit my car, " Brockton resident Felicita Sepulveda said.

Sepulveda, who is with the Cape Verdean Association of Brockton said the illegal ATVs and bikes on the street have become a headache not only for her but also for the owners of small businesses her organization assists.

"We tried t do restaurants so that people can come outside and eat, but with these you know motorcycles and stuff and the traffic in Brockton it's really hard for the small businesses."

Brockton City Councilor Moises Rodrigues said the community needs to come together to fix these issues.

"So parents need to take more responsibility as well to help do this because it can't just be law enforcement, it can't just be elected officials, it has to be a combination and (the riders) have to realize that their actions have consequences," he told NBC10 Boston.

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