600 people were involved in a fight that occurred at the Hollywood River City 14 movie theater in Jacksonville, Florida on Wednesday – Christmas night – according to a Yahoo! News report on Thursday. The incident which was referred to as a melee by local law enforcement occurred at approximately 8:30 p.m. when a very large group of persons attempted to crash into the theater venue’s doors without paying for tickets.
Several of the persons who were involved pushed into an off-duty police officer who was stationed at the theater entrance as a security guard. Following the rush towards the door, the security guard administered pepper spray to disperse the crowd. Then he locked the doors and called for backup police personnel – which reportedly calls protocol, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.
Following the pepper-spraying, at least 600 people moved throughout the parking lot while beginning to fight, causing a disruption, and jumping on cars, according to a spokesperson for the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, Lauri-Ellen Smith. The persons involved with the brawl were sequestered and separated by 62 police officers who were called to the scene. She also reported that there was minor damage to property and no guns were fired.
Five persons were arrested at the theater location and were charged with crimes related to brawling and fighting. Three of them were arrested, including one minor. They were charged with felonies. Additionally, two other juveniles were charged with misdemeanors. Those arrested are Tevyn Alonza Davis, 19, who was charged with resisting arrest and breach of the police, as well as Jaquade Marquis Miller, 18, who was charged with fighting and resisting arrest, and Khalil Ahmad Bradley, 17, who was charged with a felony of resisting arrest, refusal to disperse and breach of the peace. Davis and Bradley took fighting stances when dealing with the police, and Miller took an aggressive stance.
Once again, there is great concern that the climate of the nation is continually becoming one of entitlement – expecting to not have to pay for things. Another recent occurrence was when the governmental system related to LINK cards went awry at Walmart stores last month and customers packed cartfuls of products and ran to the registers to abuse the temporarily failed system. Such occurrences are criminal and need to be stopped – possibly by the lawmakers who have encouraged such a societal stance and behavior by being perceived as being extremely free-and-easy with handouts to too many in the United States.