Boston police officer hurt tumbling down children’s slide; video of incident goes viral

BOSTON — A Boston police officer, in full uniform, was caught on camera coming down a children’s slide at the newly renovated playground at City Hall Plaza.

It appears the officer got a faster ride than he bargained for when he tried out the slide. The video, showing the officer tumbling out of the slide in his uniform, went viral on social media sites. It got millions of views on Tik Tok.

Boston Mayor Michelle Wu said she had not seen the video when reporters asked her about it Tuesday afternoon, but she praised the upgraded play space.

“We were just there over the weekend for the Puerto Rican festival. Every inch of City Hall Plaza, newly renovated, was in use. It was amazing to see so many kids all over the water features at that playground.”

The features include the tall slide the officer used. The playground entrance has signage indicating it’s designed for kids ages 2-12.

“I don’t know what the circumstances were or what happened, said Mayor Wu. “But, I will definitely check in and make sure the officer is ok. If it looks like that there needs to more signage that this is for children or something, we can do that too.”

Boston 25 also asked Boston Police about the video. The department says the officer was hurt, used his personal insurance for care and did not charge the city. BPD says the officer did not miss any time and he’s not facing any disciplinary action.

“Everything has a chance to be viral these days,” said Mayor Wu.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates as more information becomes available.

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