Skip to comments.Several Fights Reported At Mall Of America, 9 Arrested: Police
Posted on 12/26/2011 7:14:35 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (WCCO) – Police arrested nine people at the Mall of America Monday, the day after Christmas, after multiple fights broke out, authorities said.
Mall of America officials released a statement saying that around 4:20 p.m. 50 juveniles caused a large disturbance in the north food court.
Witnesses said the fights started after there were reports that rappers Lil’ Wayne and Drake were visiting the Mall. Police, however, did not comment on these rumors.
Cmdr. Mark Stehlik of Bloomington police said in a press conference that 30 officers responded to the fight and arrested five people (both adults and juveniles) for disorderly conduct.
Following the initial fight in the food court, more fights broke out throughout the Mall, and police arrested four other people, Stehlik said.
Police said as many as 200 were involved the fights. A YouTube video, which contains profanity, shows a fight break out and rage before a police officer interrupts it. The fight occurs at roughly 50 seconds in.
As the fights were popping up, the Mall of America inadvertently called for a lock down. But the lock down was called off minutes later, Mall officials said.
Although the Mall is keeping its normal hours, some stores within the Mall have closed.
Some witnesses reported being evacuated from the Mall; but police said that shoppers were escorted toward the east exit to make room for the investigation, Stehlik said.
According to Stehlik, no weapons were recovered, and there are no reports of burglary. However, there is YouTube video of chairs being thrown.
WCCO has a crew on the scene and will bring you the latest on WCCO 4 News at 10.
Must be the Norwegians vs. the Swedes.
Lil Wayne and Drake? Why would the mall be so irresponsible as to have rappers make an appearance? Unbelievable! What did they THINK would happen?
Jets vs Sharks?
It's lucky there wasn't gunfire.
Actually some non-HP, too, if you watch the video.
Needs to be sent to Bambi and Holder with the question, What are your people doing?
50 juveniles caused a large disturbance in the north food court... 30 officers responded to the fight and arrested five people (both adults and juveniles) for disorderly conduct... more fights broke out throughout the Mall, and police arrested four other people... as many as 200 were involved the fights.See, this wouldn't happen at the Indianapolis Kroger store.
Norwegians and Swedes are few and far between at MOA.
Big Lutefisk sale?
Rename it ‘Maul of Amerika’.
I visited the Mall of America with another guy from NJ; he thought the Jersey Gardens mall in Elizabeth was bigger. I don’t know, but we walked the whole Mall of America in a couple of hours; it seems the “stacking” qualifies it as the biggest, where I had imagined a more sprawling, “lower” structure.
Was definitely new to me.
Its too bad the story has to call them ‘juveniles’. The videos make it more clear.
What they are is inner city (ghetto) Minneapolis black kids who have nothing better to do.
They ride the nearly-free Metro train (thanks to taxpayers) down to the MOA, where they ‘hang out’
It has gotten worse at MOA since the one mall in their own neighborhood Brookdale had to be torn down.
That one had to be closed and razed because these same punks took over, and most shoppers with any money were afraid to go there.
I heard other people call that mall “Blackdale” before it closed.
Blacks outnumbered whites about 20 to 1 at Brookdale, and it was a bit scary going there.
This same thing could happen to MOA if the gangs aren’t controlled.
And taxpayers shouldn’t be subsidizing the fares of these thugs to ride from Minneapolis to MOA.
Triple the transit fares, and hire more cops, or good luck getting whites to shop there.
They’ll go to Southdale or one of the other ‘Dale’s that does not have subsidized Metro train service.
MOA has a very delicate problem. I have no idea how they are going to handle it without Holder dropping the hammer on them.
Who the heck did they think was going to take that train? Rich matrons from Edina?
“MOA has a very delicate problem.”
It seems to be the equivalent of a fatal viral infection.
A mall in a neighboring city was shut down due to the delicate problem driving away customers. Now, the same element tha caused the problem in the now closed mall, has infected the mall in my city. The time frame appears to be 2-5 years before death of an infected mall.