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600 People Involved in Movie Theater Brawl, 5 Arrested

600 People Involved in Movie Theater Brawl, 5 Arrested
ABC News
By Russell Goldman/ 12/27/13

Five teenagers were arrested when a 600-person brawl broke out in a Florida movie theater’s parking lot on Christmas night.

Described by police as a “melee,” the fight occurred around 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday outside the Hollywood River City 14 movie theater in Jacksonville when a group tried to storm the theater’s doors without purchasing tickets, police said. Several had rushed an off-duty police officer working as a security guard.

The officer “administered pepper spray to disperse the group, locked the doors and called for backup, following protocol,” said Lauri-Ellen Smith, a spokeswoman for the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.

Soon after the pepper spray was used, “upward of 600 people moving throughout a parking lot about the size of a football field began fighting, disrupting and jumping on cars,” she said.

Sixty-two police officers were called to the scene to break up the brawl, “sequestering them and separating them,” Smith said.

Only minor injuries and damage to property were reported. No gunshots were fired, according to Smith.
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All five of the people arrested on the scene were charged with crimes related to fighting. Three of those arrested, including one minor, were charged with felonies. Two other juveniles, who have not been named by police, were charged with misdemeanors.

Tevyn Alonza Davis, 19, was charged with resisting arrest and breach of the peace. Jaquade Marquis Miller, 18, was charged with fighting and resisting arrest. Khalil Ahmad Bradley, 17, the only minor charged with a felony, was arrested for resisting arrest, refusal to disperse and breach of the peace.

Davis and Bradley each “took a fighting stance” when confronted by police and told to leave the area, according to arrest reports. Miller, too, “took an aggressive stance” when told by police to leave the parking lot.

According to the movie theater’s website, the cinema was showing “Tyler Perry’s A Medea Christmas,” “47 Ronin,” “Grudge Match,” “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” along with several other movies.–abc-news-topstories.html

Brazil: Police fire tear gas as fierce fighting erupts in football stands

Brazil: Police fire tear gas as fierce fighting erupts in football stands
From Marilia Brocchetto and Catherine E. Shoichet, CNN
updated 9:12 PM EST, Sun December 8, 2013

(CNN) — Brazil’s image as host of next year’s FIFA World Cup took a hit Sunday when police fired tear gas at fans of rival football teams during a deciding league match in Santa Catalina state.

The fighting erupted in the stands just 10 minutes into the game Vasco de Gama needed to win to have a spot in the top league division.

Their rival, Atletico Paranaense, had scored the first goal when people in the stands started throwing punches and kicks. One man wielded a metal pipe and swung it toward a fallen fan. Security forces fired tear gas into the crowd.

The game was interrupted, and a helicopter landed on the field to take away an injured spectator.

Photos from the stadium show emergency workers carrying bloodied fans on stretchers.

Dr. Jose Eduardo Dias, one of the first doctors to arrive at the scene, said three people were critically injured.

“One was taken by the helicopter, and two others were taken on an ambulance,” he told SporTV, a sister network of CNN affiliate TV Globo.

There were 80 private security guards inside the stadium when the fight broke out, Military Police Cmdr. Adilson Moreira told SporTV. Afterward, there were 160 government troops inside, he said.

Moreira said he didn’t think heavier policing would have stopped the brawl.

“The fight could have broken out even if we were policing the area,” he said. “It is the culture of the Brazilian fan. When they want to fight, they come to the stadium ready to fight. And unfortunately, even with our presence, this would have happened.”

Vasco’s goalkeeper Alessandro Oltramari told SporTV that he could see all the violence.

“This is very regrettable, especially since the country will be hosting the World Cup next year. It’s regrettable when things like this happen,” he said.

Tensions were high coming into the game between the Vasco and Atletico-PR teams in the final round of a high-profile tournament.

Days earlier, a post on a website for Atletico-PR’s fans warned that violence was possible.

“Because of the high risk of fights and confrontations on the road and in regards to the high number of fans from rival teams coming to the last round of games,” the website said, “we will not be selling tickets to women or children.”

The game resumed after more than an hour, and Vasco lost 5-1.

Man held in stabbing of at least three after NFL game in Denver

Man held in stabbing of at least three after NFL game in Denver
By Lateef Mungin, CNN
updated 1:07 PM EST, Fri December 13, 2013

(CNN) — A late-night scuffle after the Denver Broncos-San Diego Chargers game, which left at least three people with stab wounds, appears to be over a parking space rather than a football rivalry, police said Friday.

Police took three people into custody, and two have been released pending further investigation, Denver Police Sgt. Steve Warneke said Friday.

Justin Manzanares, 29, is being held for investigation of three counts of aggravated assault.

A fourth person also may have been injured in the Thursday incident in the parking lot next to Sports Authority Field at Mile High, but authorities have yet to find that victim, Warneke said. That person left without seeking treatment, according to authorities.

The three victims are now in stable condition after suffering non-life-threatening injuries, he said.

“It doesn’t appear that this was related to the outcome of the game. It doesn’t appear that this was Broncos versus Chargers. It appears this stemmed from a traffic altercation in which the suspects were backing out of a parking space and nearly struck the victims’ vehicle,” Warneke said of the 10 p.m. (12 a.m. ET) incident.

The Denver Broncos referred questions to Stadium Management Company, which runs the team’s stadium. The company said it was aware of the incident and was working with authorities.

This is second violent incident after a Broncos game this month.

A 30-year-old man died after he fought another person in a parking lot near the Kansas City Chiefs’ Arrowhead Stadium on December 1. That incident happened after a game between the Chiefs and the Broncos.

NYPD: Super Bowl Security Will Be High-Tech And Unprecedented

NYPD: Super Bowl Security Will Be High-Tech And Unprecedented
MetLife Stadium And Midtown Will Be Under Intense Anti-Terror Initiatives
December 10, 2013

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — You’ve seen it before and you’ll see it again during Super Bowl week.

The NYPD is amassing its amazing arsenal of security initiatives to make sure the only bullets fired when the NFL comes to town are by the quarterbacks on the football field, CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer reported Tuesday.

“Parking at MetLife Stadium will be strictly limited and so the NFL is discouraging fans from driving to the game. Anyone who plans to drive to the game will have to purchase a parking permit in advance,” said NYPD Counter Terrorism Bureau Inspector John O’Connell said.

By game time the NYPD will have had a full complement of security measures in place for a week, including: police helicopters with special sensors to detect radiation on the ground, a counter terrorism 360-degree camera car to look for suspicious packages, bomb dogs, video cameras mounted as the NYPD’s “eyes in the sky” at various event locations, lots of radiation detection boats in addition to the usual complement of heavily armed cops.

“The biggest Super Bowl event will be Super Bowl Boulevard, a football-oriented urban theme park that will feature dozens of NFL and sponsor attractions, including viewing areas, a concert stage and a signature event, the toboggan run,” O’Connell said.

Times Square will be on lockdown. Starting at midnight on Jan. 26 through Feb. 1, Broadway from 33d Street to 48th Street will be closed to vehicles. In addition, 41st Street will be closed from 9 a.m. to midnight

Boulevard attractions will be open from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. from Jan. 29 to Feb. 1.

And there will be many other events throughout the week, including a media party on Super Bowl Monday.

“The party will be followed by fireworks on the Hudson River, which could affect traffic on the West Side Highway,” O’Connell said.

The NYPD said that there will be a number of middle-sized and large events, including an owners’ party and an NFL party at the Museum of Natural History.

The event is expected to attract as many as 150,000 visitors to the New York-New Jersey area.

The NYPD said that due to the nature of the events it can’t promise that businesses will not be affected.!

Fans injured at Swampscott/Marblehead Powder Puff game

November 23, 2013

SWAMPSCOTT — Part of the stands collapsed during the Swampscott vs Marblehead Powder Puff football game today resulting in injuries, according to police.

Swampscott Detective Tim Cassidy said in a text message that three teenage fans on the Marblehead side of the game were hurt when a wooden board broke beneath them. According to Cassidy, one of the teens was transported to Salem Hospital with a possible broken leg. The other two, Cassiday wrote, were treated at the scene and declined to go to the hospital.

Cassidy also said that the DPW had done some work on those bleachers during the fall season.

Woman in critical condition after 45-foot jump at Raiders game

By John Breech |
November 25, 2013

A woman and a man were seriously injured after the Raiders game on Sunday when the woman jumped from the third deck at Coliseum, injuring both individuals. The unidentified male and the unidentified female were both hospitalized after the incident.

The woman was taken to the hospital in critical condition, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. The man was hospitalized in stable condition.

The entire incident began about 15 minutes after the game ended when the woman climbed up to a tarped-off area above the south end zone in section 301 of the stadium. The woman climbed to the top row of the section and was getting ready to jump, when two men saw her and unsuccessfully tried to talk her out of it.

When the woman jumped, one of the men tried catch her. The woman plunged almost 45 feet and was knocked unconscious by the fall, according to Alameda County Sheriff’s Sgt. J.D. Nelson.

“Raiders fans sometimes get a bad rap, but here was this guy who did an amazing, heroic thing to try to save this woman’s life,” Nelson said. “He did everything he could, including putting himself at great risk. There’s not a lot of people who would do that and he did it.”

Nelson believes that if the man hadn’t attempted to catch the woman, the woman would have died.

“We don’t believe that he knew her from anybody else going into today, but just out of the good will of his heart, he tried to save her life,” Nelson said. “No doubt he saved her life, at least for right now.”

The incident comes one week after a fan in Buffalo fell from the upper deck to a lower deck at Ralph Wilson Stadium. That man, who fell while sliding down a rail and suffered minor injuries, has been banned from the stadium and fired from his job.

Cowboys fan beaten unconscious by Raiders fans

Cowboys fan beaten unconscious by Raiders fans after Thanksgiving game in Arlington
By Matt Peterson
November 29, 2013

A Cowboys fan was beaten by a group of four Oakland Raiders fans after Dallas’ win in Arlington on Thursday, police said.

The assault happened shortly after the game and left the man unconscious on a sidewalk at Cowboys Way and AT&T Way, according to authorities.

The man, who was not identified, was taken to a hospital by ambulance with injuries that were not life-threatening, police spokeswoman Tiara Richard said.

No arrests have been made, and a detailed description of the silver-and-black-clad suspects was not available.

“Officers attempted to find witnesses but had none willing to come forward last night,” Richard said.

Police said a motive for the crime won’t be clear until investigators learn more from the victim.

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