CAMBRIDGE — A man is reportedly hospitalized after an assault on Monday evening, April 5, in Cambridge, according to Cambridge’s mayor, who intervened in the assault.
During a radio town hall on Wednesday, April 7, Mayor Andrew Bradshaw related the story of turning his vehicle onto Cosby Avenue in the early evening on April 5 to see about 35 to 40 people surrounding a victim.
Bradshaw, who was already on the phone with Cambridge Police Department Chief Mark Lewis, said that he saw the victim being kicked in the head, and he told the chief about the situation before getting out of his car and shouting at the crowd, at which point he said they dispersed.
The mayor said he shared the story to illustrate the need for citizens to communicate dangerous situations or information to help police address crime.
“No one there called 911,” Bradshaw said, “Had I not driven by, had I not been on the phone with Chief Lewis, who knows how long until the individual who was being assaulted would have gotten medical assistance.
“It comes back to this culture of ‘stop snitching.’ I get that there’s fear of retaliation, but if a whole community steps forward and does what’s right, then there’s not going to be a worry of retaliation against one, because you can’t retaliate against the whole city doing the right thing. You can’t retaliate against the whole neighborhood taking their streets back and doing what’s right and protecting their neighbors and protecting their friends and protecting their family members,” Bradshaw said.
“The guy that got jumped was somebody’s son, probably somebody’s brother. He had friends,” said the mayor.
Bradshaw said work had to be done to help members of the community understand that the police, “aren’t there to harm you, they are there to help.”
Bradshaw said his understanding was that the victim was still hospitalized.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Cambridge Police Department at 410-228-3333. Tips can be phoned in to CPD anonymously by calling 410-228-3784.