Jacksonville, FL, United States (4E) – About 60 police broke up a crowd of more than 600 young people who brawled outside a movie theater in Jacksonville on Christmas night and arrested five teenagers.
The melee started after 25 to 30 people tried to enter the Regal River City Marketplace Theater without tickets around 8:30 p.m. An off-duty officer acting as a security guard used pepper spray to turn back the crowd, locked the doors and called for backup.
More than 600 people then moved to the parking lot and began fighting and jumping on cars, according to Lauri-Ellen Smith, a spokeswoman for the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.
Sixty-two officers responded to break up the brawl and disperse the crowd. No gunshots were fired, Smith said.
Five teenagers, including two minors, refused to disperse and made a fighting stance against officers so they were arrested and charged with felonies.
Tevyn Davis, 19, Jaquade Miller, 18, and Khalil Bradley, 17, were charged with resisting arrest but a judge granted them bail and released to the custody of their parents with conditions. The arrested minors consisted of a boy and a girl who resisted arrest. The boy claimed he was beaten up by police but the mother of one arrested boy said the police responded appropriately in controlling the crowd.