Two thousand or so juveniles, or near-juvenile aged individuals, broke out in fights and public disturbances at the Mall St. Matthews in Kentucky, leading police to shutter shopping in the area and call for backup from five different law enforcement agencies.
On Monday, business operations in the mall and surrounding stores were restored to operation. But the weekend was hectic.
St. Matthews officer Dennis McDonald, a spokesman for the force, said police were called to the mall for a couple “disturbances,” NBC News reported.
“As they were responding to those disturbances, others were breaking out,” he went on. “Disturbances started to feed on themselves. They were just overwhelmed with a number of calls for service and reports of disorder.”
A “series of brawls” involving up to 2,000 people between the ages of 13 and early 20s ultimately broke out, McDonald said, NBC News reported.
“Businesses were in the process of closing their doors, steel grates, and you had juveniles that were not allowing businesses to close up. [They were] climbing on the gates,” he said.
Fifty officers from five different agencies ultimately responded to the scene. Nobody was arrested or injured.
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A second mall incident in New Jersey saw about 500 people breaking out in disturbances over the weekend, as well. NJ.com reported the incident, at Deptford Mall, could have stemmed from a social media post to join in a flash mob event at the site. Officers ultimately ejected the large crowd of mostly juveniles who had gathered at the food court area.
“Sporadic fights erupted in the parking lot,” the Deptford Township Police Department said in a statement reported by NJ.com. The department also said one juvenile was arrested, but nobody injured.