Hoboken police body camera footage shows chaotic street fight at housing authority


Hoboken police body camera footage shows a chaotic street fight in front of a housing authority building on April 11th, an incident that saw two people arrested and several other local departments called in for crowd control.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

On Tuesday, April 11th, at approximately 6:40 p.m., all working Hoboken police units were dispatched to 510 Jackson St. on reports of a fight and possibly a handgun being brandished, public safety spokeswoman Marci Rubin said last week.

Body camera footage of the incident, obtained through an Open Public Records Act (OPRA) request, shows a large crowd gathered outside of 510 Jackson St. and several officers are brandishing batons.

A few minutes after police arrive, a group of officers grab and arrest a woman on the sidewalk, before a separate squad of Hoboken police arrest a man a few feet away.

Rubin previously identified them as cousins: Melissa Walker, 37, and Ricky Walker, 42, both of Hoboken. Melissa Walker was charged with disorderly conduct and simple assault, while Ricky Walker was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

“You guys watch those sticks. Watch those sticks! That’s my mother and my sister!” a man in a white t-shirt shouts before a couple officers were able to calm him down.

While he tells police he wants to go into the crowd to grab his mother, an officer tells him that he’ll do it and she walks back inside safely a couple minutes later.

While in handcuffs, Melissa Walker drops to the ground and begins breathing heavily, prompting one officer to tell her to breath and calm down as her handcuffs are removed.

After drinking some water, she is eventually able to stand up with assistance and is transported to the Hoboken University Medical Center by Hoboken Volunteer Ambulance Corps.

By 6:53 p.m., the Port Authority police arrive on the scene, followed by the Union City, Secaucus, West New York, North Bergen, Stevens Institute of Technology and NJ Transit Police Departments, along with the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office.

The crowd largely dispersed by 7 p.m. and the dozens of officers, a select few who were holding long rifles, remained on the scene for about an additional half hour before they began leaving.

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