The event took place at Club Luis De Camoes Saturday evening and reportedly spiraled out of control twenty minutes before midnight after a man reported to a cop that he was sucker punched by another partygoer. The guest of honor blamed uninvited guests and cops who were called to bring calm to the chaos.
“My niece got shoved across the room. She’s only 2 months old. A kid got hit in the head with a table. I was very scared. It’s still a shock to me,” said Maria Depina, 22, of Brockton, who blamed the chaos at Club Luis De Camoes on party crashers “we didn’t even know” and overly aggressive cops.
The scene was reportedly so out of control that Stoughton police said they called in officers from other localities for backup. Stoughton police are armed with tazers, not guns. Maria’s older brother, Paulo Pires Depina, was tazed during the melee but no officer pulled their service weapon, according to The Herald. “My brother got Tased right in front of me and a police officer pushed me on top of him,” she claimed. “(The police) could have done a better job.”
Two adults besides Depina (Patrick Cardoso Lopes, 24, and Aderito Lopes Deandrade, 22,) and one teenager,14, were also arrested and charged with numerous counts, including disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, assault and battery on a police officer, obstruction of justice and intimidation of a witness.
“The behavior was appalling. It was absolutely appalling. There’s just no other way to put it,” Stoughton Police Executive Officer Robert Devine told the Herald this afternoon. “The worst part was there was a lot of children. Our officers were concerned about the safety of the little ones, while the people who were fighting apparently could have cared less. They were swinging chairs and smashing bottles.”
Devine added that officers on the scene exercised incredible restraint and had every right to fear for their lives. Some of the cops suffered scraps, bumps and bruises but nothing serious.
The adults are expected to be arraigned on Monday in Stoughton District Court.