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June 22, 2008
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Cops scour YouTube footage of post-Celtics’ victory riots

By Dave Wedge, Boston Herald

BOSTON — Dozens of brain-dead punks who smashed windows, tore out street signs and set fires after the Celtics clinched the NBA crown this week escaped arrest but could still be brought to justice thanks to reams of video footage.

Hub cops are scouring tapes from surveillance cameras around the city as well as video turned over by local media outlets in a bid to track down vicious vandals.

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“We have detectives actively reviewing footage,” said Boston police spokesman Officer Eddy Chrispin. “We’re trying to identify any individuals in the act of destroying property.” If police are able to identify hoodlums, they will be sent a summons to appear in court, Chrispin added.

In addition to video footage, cops may also turn to cyberspace, where several videos have been posted showing mobs of post-Game 6 revelers wreaking havoc.

In one YouTube clip, hundreds of green-clad clowns erupt into cheers as street signs are hurled through plate glass windows on Friend Street. In another, fans uproot trees while the testosterone-fueled crowd chants for women to expose themselves.

Hooligans caused thousands of dollars in damages to the offices of Greater Boston Legal Services, which provides attorneys for low-income people, and a travel agency. Vandals also toppled barricades, ripped down signs at the TD Banknorth Garden and destroyed newspaper boxes throughout downtown during the post-game revelry.

So far, about 30 people have been charged. Thursday’s victory parade also yielded a handful of arrests, mostly for public drinking.

City officials say taxpayers will pick up a $300,000 tab for the parade. The mess from the post-game celebration was handled by the Department of Public Works and no overtime was involved, a city spokeswoman said.

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