Memphis police officers block the access roads to the Oak Court Mall on Monday, Dec. 26, 2016, after a disturbance at the mall in Memphis, Tennessee. Authorities and witnesses say that there are disturbances in the two shopping malls in Memphis, and one of them had to be shut down. (Jim Weber/The Commercial appeal via AP)
(The Commercial Appeal)
Shopping malls around the country were taking extra security measures Tuesday after a series of disturbances of the day after Christmas, which resulted in minor injuries, evacuations and numerous arrests.
The police were beefing up patrols and mall security guards were out in force after melees involving mainly the young people broke out around shopping centres in Elizabeth, N. J.; Fayetteville, N. C.; East Garden City, N. Y.; Aurora, Colorado.; and Tempe, Arizona., among others.
In Manchester, Conn., around 6 hours. Monday, several hundreds of teenagers started fighting at the Shoppes at Buckland Hills. Police from a half dozen communities rushed to the shopping mall and eight people were arrested, police said.
At about the same time in the Fox Valley Mall in Aurora, Illinois, a large group of teenagers in the food court started to fight, according to a spokesman of the police there. A police-sergeant and a private security guard on duty in the mall tried to break up the fight. If they could not disperse the crowd, the teenagers started throwing things at them. They called in the backup, and 75 additional police from eight nearby departments rushed to the mall where they arrested eight teenagers, including five girls. When the police evacuated the mall and closed it for the night.
Around 5 hours in the factories of Jersey Gardens in Elizabeth, four young women eating in the food court came in a loud argument, when one of them grabbed a chair and struck him down. The sound prompted someone to yell “shot” or “gun” Elizabeth Mayor Chris Bollwage said on Tuesday.
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