Police had to break up a 600-person brawl in a Florida movie theater Wednesday night. The brawl broke out around 8:30 PM on Christmas night outside of the Hollywood River City 14 movie theater in Jacksonville, Florida.
Lauri-Ellen Smith, a spokeswoman for the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office stated that the department is describing the incident as a “melee.” An off-duty police officer who was working as a security guard was rushed by several individuals.
“The officer administered pepper spray to disperse the group, locked the doors and called for backup, following protocol,” Smith told reporters. “After the officer administered the pepper spray, “upward of 600 people moving throughout a parking lot about the size of a football field began fighting, disrupting and jumping on cars.”
Christmas time can be a wonderful time of year, but that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t bring up stress and sadness. The Inquisitr reported Wednesday on little Laney Brown, the girl who’s caroling wish was fulfilled, and stated that the 8-year-old girl passed away early Christmas morning. Her family posted an official statement which reads as follows:
“She was our angel. We will miss her smile, her laughter, and the way she would light up any room she was in… Even as her illness progressed, Laney never stopped having faith, she continued to smile in spite of her pain, and she showed more concern for all of us than for herself.”
The Florida movie theater brawl resulted in the arrest of five individuals, all under the age of 20, including one minor. According to ABC News, 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. Two others were charged with misdemeanors.
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