Several police vans and more than a dozen officers accompanied by at least one dog unit arrived on the scene in Moredunvale Road close to the Moredun high rise flats around 6.30pm.
It is understood police responded to reports of a disturbance involving at least 30 youths.
Speaking to the Evening News, one eyewitness, who did not wish to be named, claimed that a gang of hooded and balaclava-clad youths were out rioting - some armed with knives.
Another eyewitness, who also requested to remain anonymous, claimed two police vans sped across the grass to disperse the gang of youths who were making their way towards the high flats. They added that one of the vans hit a young boy, who ended up on the bonnet of the vehicle.
They said: “I saw a large group of boys coming across the grass towards the flats, then they all scarpered as two police vans appeared.
“The police van at the back was right behind one of the boys who ended up on the bonnet.
“In my opinion the driver was too close behind the boy. I’m not sure if he was hurt or not as he was taken straight into the police van.”
A third eyewitness said that police accompanied by a dog unit recovered what looked like a t-shirt.
Police Scotland have been contacted for a statement.
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