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9 arrested after brawl at Mall of America
KARE11 ^ | 12:52 PM, Dec 27, 2011 | Dave Berggren

Posted on 12/27/2011 12:25:17 PM PST by BenLurkin

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- Fists flew and so did a few chairs during a large-scale brawl at the Mall of America Monday.

"Anytime you have a large group of people together things can happen," said Commander Mark Stehlik with Bloomington Police. "But this is highly unusual."

Shortly after 4 p.m., authorities confirm more than 20 individuals started fighting in the north food court. Cellphone video uploaded to YouTube shows dozens of young people watching while some push, punch, and even throw chairs. At that same time, police say several other fights flared up in other places of the mall.

"There were drinks thrown on the floor and chairs being thrown everywhere," said Tess Dessalgne who witnessed the brawl. "Everyone started running towards the fight."

There are no reports of anyone seriously hurt, but Bloomington Police along with Mall of America security arrested nine individuals for disorderly conduct. Some of those arrested were juveniles.

"At one point we had over 30 officers involved," said Commander Stehlik. "What we tried to do was push people out of the mall in an effort to get this disturbance under control."

No official lockdown of the mall occurred, but some stores did close their doors until order was restored.

A statement from the Mall of America call this incident "unfortunate especially during the holidays." The statement went on to say, "As with any incident we will review our security efforts and continue to work closely with Bloomington Police to see if any changes are required."


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1 posted on 12/27/2011 12:25:20 PM PST by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

Its those Swedish grandmothers again?


2 posted on 12/27/2011 12:26:38 PM PST by PGR88 (Sic transit gloria mundi)
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To: BenLurkin

200 in rampage at Mall of America as brawls erupt in food court after rumors...

(Amish Rappers blamed)

3 posted on 12/27/2011 12:27:57 PM PST by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS! This means liberals AND libertarians (same thing) NO LIBS!)
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To: BenLurkin

Ok, lets see; scratch Mall of America off my list of places to visit.


4 posted on 12/27/2011 12:29:42 PM PST by Rich21IE
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To: Responsibility2nd

oh those amish...


5 posted on 12/27/2011 12:29:59 PM PST by brivette
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To: BenLurkin
Need to work on the patois...it's not juveniles it Yutes.
6 posted on 12/27/2011 12:32:36 PM PST by TASMANIANRED (We kneel to no prince but the Prince of Peace)
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To: BenLurkin

“Anytime you have a large group of people together things can happen,”

Especially if they are Amish.


7 posted on 12/27/2011 12:33:33 PM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: TASMANIANRED

I think the riot was over the playing of the wrong Kwanza carrols.


8 posted on 12/27/2011 12:34:09 PM PST by Mouton (Voting is an opiate of the electorate. Nothing changes no matter who wins..)
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To: BenLurkin
Shortly after 4 p.m., authorities confirm more than 20 individuals started fighting in the north food court.
At 4pm on weekends, our local mall bans anyone 17 and younger from entering unless accompanied by adult.
Oh, those Amish utes.
9 posted on 12/27/2011 12:40:06 PM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: brivette

It’s not the amish,
It’s Holders people.
It’s obammy’s people.


10 posted on 12/27/2011 12:41:25 PM PST by Joe Boucher ((FUBO))
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To: BenLurkin

Well, the strongly-parented young thugs are out for the holidays, huh? Young leaders-of-tomorrow jus’ hangin’, doncha’ kno’; waitin’ to thump some young stud with some new Jordans.


11 posted on 12/27/2011 12:42:30 PM PST by arrdon
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To: BenLurkin
"Everyone started running towards the fight."

It's funny that this should be mentioned. I was talking about this very thing with my family over Christmas....

I went to the local mall one evening a few weeks ago. It's the "wrong" mall - if you know what I mean - but it's the only one that had what I wanted. I figured that I'd be OK.

I was. BUT....and you knew that the 'but' was coming.... there was plenty of utes there. It wasn't a very diverse group, either. Not too many of them looked like me.

Did I have a problem? Nope. Walked in, bought what I wanted, and walked out.

However, I've never seen so many people standing around and watching. Waiting. Watching and Waiting for what? I'm not sure, but the tension was palpable. No problems - but - there was an awful lot of hoping for some. Just one small spark and the whole place would have gone off.

I felt the same way about 20 years ago, when I was lost in East St. Louis after dark. Dozens of people standing around and watching and waiting, there, too. And, I, I'm certain that I could have been shot, killed, stripped naked, and left in the street....and not a one of them would have seen a thing.

12 posted on 12/27/2011 12:45:39 PM PST by wbill
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To: BenLurkin

The only time I go to the mall is on a Sunday morning.. and that’s about once a year.


13 posted on 12/27/2011 12:53:47 PM PST by tje
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To: wbill

“I’m certain that I could have been shot, killed, stripped naked, and left in the street...”

Ever see that Cornell Wilde movie, “The Naked Prey”?

Funny how some things don’t change.


14 posted on 12/27/2011 12:55:18 PM PST by Tigerized (Occupy Wall Street? Go find the real culprits in the Capitol Building...)
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To: wbill

We used to have a mall called Northridge. I was new here and did not understand how things were there. I remember pulling my little boy into an alcove to protect him when the “yutes” started rushing down the center of the mall. We were upstairs, but I knew they could be up there quickly. Got out of there fast. Only went there a few times after that and without my child. The gangs got their way. People stopped going there and it was razed. Now, all the malls have the under 17 rule. Mayfair mall has had to deal with a lot of these folks. I don’t go there anymore either.


15 posted on 12/27/2011 12:59:36 PM PST by ozaukeemom (Is it 2012 yet?)
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To: Rich21IE

If those Blart type characters on Mall Cops hadn’t already convinced you to stay away.......


16 posted on 12/27/2011 1:01:00 PM PST by noprogs (Borders, Language, Culture....all should be preserved)
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To: BenLurkin

It’s times like these that I REALLY have regrets for slavery. If their own people hadn’t sold their ancestors off in Africa, to be shipped over here, right now they’d be running for their lives with a cheetah on their arses. If they hadn’t died of starvation or AIDS already. I still don’t know why the distant ancestors of slaves are so pissy about it. For them, they should be grateful.


17 posted on 12/27/2011 1:01:53 PM PST by crosshairs (Liberalism is to truth, what east is to west.)
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To: BenLurkin
"Anytime you have a large group of people together things can happen," said Commander Mark Stehlik with Bloomington Police. "But this is highly unusual."

True, true, Cdr. Stehlik. I was at church last week with several hundred people, most from Mexico and Central America, and the most raucous Charismatic prayer meeting broke out.

18 posted on 12/27/2011 1:13:55 PM PST by Tax-chick (Two women in one house ... and one of 'em a redhead!)
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To: BenLurkin

There are a lot of ways I might describe this incident, but calling it “highly unusual” isn’t one of them.


19 posted on 12/27/2011 1:14:27 PM PST by rogue yam
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To: BenLurkin

“Anytime you have a large group of people together things can happen,”

Yeah, like at the Tea Parties... oops, bad example...

Perhaps some “fill in the blank” is in order...
“Anytime you have a large group of [ ] people together things happen,”


20 posted on 12/27/2011 1:18:39 PM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: Tax-chick

Similar thing happened to me on Christmas morning. A real mob scene.


21 posted on 12/27/2011 1:21:56 PM PST by rogue yam
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To: wbill
Did I have a problem? Nope. Walked in, bought what I wanted, and walked out.

However, I've never seen so many people standing around and watching. Waiting. Watching and Waiting for what? I'm not sure, but the tension was palpable.


Yeah, I can smile about it now, but I was in a very similar situation at a mall a year or so ago. They were all hanging around the entrance and kinda watching me go in. Looking back on it - it was similar to the scene in "The Birds" when they were tiptoe-ing around the monkey bar set that was chock-full of blackbirds. Palpable tension.
22 posted on 12/27/2011 1:22:51 PM PST by DJlaysitup
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To: DJlaysitup

About a year ago, I was with my family and needed gas. It was about 10pm.

There were a couple (yes, just TWO) guys hanging out outside the gas station I pulled into.
I went to the next station down the block.

Call me what you want, but it’s not worth being PC or whatever you want to call it for me to risk my family.


23 posted on 12/27/2011 1:30:29 PM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: BenLurkin

24 posted on 12/27/2011 1:52:05 PM PST by WOBBLY BOB (Congress: Looting the future to bribe the present.)
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To: BenLurkin

I don’t watch much TV, especially the national networks, but even so, I can not remember any news giving ANY coverage to the “Flaaash and Staaash Demonstrations” since the Rodney King Riots.

If it weren’t for the Internet one would be forced to conclude that Detroit, Washington DC and Philadelphia, not to mention a good many other cities, are paradises of diversity and tranquility.


25 posted on 12/27/2011 1:58:32 PM PST by BilLies ( (ABCBSNBCNN, NYTimes, WaPOSt , etc., hates your Traditional American guts!))
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To: MrB
“Anytime you have a large group of [ ] people together things happen,”

You're not allowed to notice things like that. Especially, if you're a police chief, being quoted in a newspaper.

But it was interesting to read between the lines on his statement, no?

26 posted on 12/27/2011 1:59:29 PM PST by wbill
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To: BilLies
Well, I *did* watch video of diversity trampling each other - including several small children that were run over - to get at Air Jordans that were going on sale.

It was on Fox, but everyone knows that they don't ever tell the truth. The video was likely faked. /sarc

27 posted on 12/27/2011 2:05:30 PM PST by wbill
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To: Rich21IE
Ok, lets see; scratch Mall of America off my list of places to visit.

In the past Mall of America was a Gun Free Zone.

Today???

Another good reason to have it on your list of places NOT to visit.

28 posted on 12/27/2011 2:25:52 PM PST by TYVets (Pure-Gas.org ..... ethanol free gasoline by state and city)
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To: rogue yam

Fearsome shouts of “Cristo Vive!” and “Gloria!” Our hermanos Latinos do love their amplifiers ...


29 posted on 12/27/2011 2:41:04 PM PST by Tax-chick (Two women in one house ... and one of 'em a redhead!)
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To: brivette

Scratch “Midnight Basketball” and initiate 4PM Basketball.


30 posted on 12/27/2011 3:45:12 PM PST by Mr. Wright (N\)
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To: Tax-chick

“Ok, lets see; scratch Mall of America off my list of places to visit.
In the past Mall of America was a Gun Free Zone.

Today???

Another good reason to have it on your list of places NOT to visit.”

WELL, i HAVE NEVER HAD, NOR DO I EVER INTEND TO SHOP IN THE MALL OF AMERICA, WITH OR WITHOUT MY CCW.


31 posted on 12/27/2011 3:49:05 PM PST by DaveA37
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To: Tax-chick

“Ok, lets see; scratch Mall of America off my list of places to visit.
In the past Mall of America was a Gun Free Zone.

Today???

Another good reason to have it on your list of places NOT to visit.”

WELL, I HAVE NEVER HAD, NOR DO I EVER INTEND TO SHOP IN THE MALL OF AMERICA, WITH OR WITHOUT MY CCW.


32 posted on 12/27/2011 3:49:12 PM PST by DaveA37
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To: Progov

Never been there, myself, although I’ve seen it on television. When I go to the mall here, I usually go into J.C. Penney or Sears through the door from the parking lot, and leave the same way, without ever entering the mall-area itself.


33 posted on 12/27/2011 3:51:39 PM PST by Tax-chick (Two women in one house ... and one of 'em a redhead!)
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To: BenLurkin

Woman’s Face Slashed, Man Beaten and Robbed of Air Jordans
near Houston.
http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/Womans-Face-Slashed-Man-Beaten-and-Robbed-of-Air-Jordans-136256793.html?dr

Man beaten was hispanic, perp not identified.


34 posted on 12/27/2011 4:36:36 PM PST by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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To: Tax-chick
When I go to the mall here, I usually go into J.C. Penney or Sears through the door from the parking lot, and leave the same way, without ever entering the mall-area itself.

Years ago I entered Sears and exited the same way as you do at Penny's.

The danger with these large malls is walking across their parking lots. I have eliminated that problem, I just don't go there any more.

35 posted on 12/29/2011 1:18:39 AM PST by TYVets (Pure-Gas.org ..... ethanol free gasoline by state and city)
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To: TYVets

I’ve never had any problem - combination of living in a place where not much happens and shopping while the youths are at school. I haven’t been to the mall since I needed to get my son’s glasses replaced at Sears (our insurance company’s choice) after he lost a lens on a wilderness survival hike. I would have gone to Penney’s this week, but they didn’t have the skirt I wanted in my size, according to the website.


36 posted on 12/29/2011 4:24:20 AM PST by Tax-chick (Two women in one house ... and one of 'em a redhead!)
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