Days after several fights broke out at Walnut Beach in Milford, some changes are coming into effect at the beach, including parking restrictions, and police will follow social media accounts that promote unauthorized events, have city officials said Wednesday.
In response to what city officials have called “overcrowding and unruly behavior,” additional parking restrictions will be put in place for Walnut Beach lots. City officials said “reinforced infrastructure” will be installed around the perimeter of the beach and new staffing assignments will be employed.
Milford Police will also monitor social media posts promoting unauthorized and unauthorized events and city officials have said those who organize or participate in “unlawful activities” will be prosecuted.
Two officers were assaulted during a scuffle at Walnut Beach in Milford on Sunday, and now police are hoping the officers’ body camera footage will help identify the suspects.
It also comes after several fights broke out around 6:30 p.m. on Memorial Day.
Officers who were at the beach because large crowds were expected for the holiday tried to intervene, but were overwhelmed by the crowds, officials said. Two police officers were pushed to the ground and their body cameras were stolen, investigators say. None of the officers were injured.
Milford Police patrol officer Marilisa Anania said she was watching a video to investigate.
“We have video and we will try to vet the suspects and take further enforcement action for the theft of the cameras and anything related to the fights and the commotion that broke out,” Anania said.