BABY SHOWER TURNS INTO BRAWL: A baby shower at Club Luis de Camoes on Porter Street Saturday night turned into a full-fledged brawl that took 20 police officers nearly an hour to quell. Four people ended up getting arrested, including one juvenile.
A Stoughton Police detail officer was working the 9 p.m. to midnight baby shower on Jan. 12, when a fight broke out inside the club. The officer called in backup, and at 11:38 p.m, there was a full brawl in progress that had spilled outside the building.
Executive Officer Robert Devine told me that the time the incident occurred was of benefit to the police. "We had our midnight shift coming in, so we had more bodies that we'd normally have."
Devine said that four officers and two supervisors from the 4 p.m. - midnight shift, three officers and one supervisor from the midnight - 8 a.m. shift, and the detail officers were on scene.
"The behavior of the party-goers was despicable," Devine told About Town. "We were more worried about the children there than their parents. The officers that responded could not have handled it any better than they did. It was supposed to be a baby shower. They should really be ashamed of themselves."
- Paulo Pires Depina, 24, of 36 Ash St. in Brockton. He was charged with Disorderly Conduct, Resisting Arrest, and Assault & Battery on a Police Officer
- Aderito Lopes DeAndrade, 22, of 607 North Main St. in Brockton. He was charged with Disorderly Conduct, Obstruction of Justice, Resisting Arrest, and Assault & Battery on a Police Officer
- Patrick Cardoso Lopes, 24, of 298 North Warren Ave. in Brockton. Lopes was tasered during the arrest by Stoughton Police. He was charged with Disorderly Conduct, Resisting Arrest, Assault & Battery on a Police Officer, Obstruction of Justice, and Witness Intimidation.
- A 14 year old juvenile from Brockton was arrested and charged with Disorderly Conduct, Obstruction of Justice, Resisting Arrest, and Assault & Battery on a Police Officer.
Devine said that the situation was under control at 12:20 a.m. Sunday.
Police Chief Paul Shastany told About Town, "based on preliminary reports, it doesn't look like the fault of the police. It just got out of control."
Devine said that he was greatful for the help from the Massachusetts State Police, the Norfolk County Sheriff's office, and police from Canton, Easton and Randolph.
"It gave us a total of 20 officers," he said. "We knew it was at the point where we needed additional help. We couldn't have gotten the situation under control without the help of these other departments who provided us with assistance."
There were no serious injuries of any police officers, according to Devine, "only some minor bumps, scratches and bruises."
As far as the party-goers, the Stoughton Fire Department provided them assistance, as soon as the area was safe for them to proceed, according to Devine.
"The situation was just chaotic," he said. "We have no figures on injuries to the parties there. There were chairs and bottles thrown. It was bad."