ABINGTON TOWNSHIP (KYW Newsradio) — Two teenagers have been charged after police tried to break up a fight at a Burger King in Abington Township. Two officers were injured in the incident.
Chief Patrick Malloy of Abington Township Police said this all started Thursday night after a rivalry basketball game, between Cheltenham and Abington.
30-40 young people were at the Burger King along Easton Road near Susquehanna, causing a disturbance. Officers showed up and tried to break the crowd up. Two of them were talking to one another, when a teen attacked one of them.
“She just pivoted, turned around, slammed one of our officers,” Malloy explained. “And then the 17-year-old male went after the same officer, pushed him in a way where he went up and then down and slammed his wrist on the blacktop.”
That officer suffered a minor wrist injury. Another veteran officer was also injured with a broken finger.
18-year-old Hope Brouwer-Ancher and the unidentified 17-year-old have both been charged with aggravated assault on a police officer and other related charges.
Chief Malloy wanted to emphasize that officers are there to resolve issues with minimal force. “Because we want to resolve these things peacefully. These are our kids and our community. we’re there to take care of them and we’re parents ourselves,” he said.
Malloy said resisting arrest only escalates a situation, and that the best thing to do is just comply with officers and file a complaint later if there’s an issue.