2 Arrested in MLK Day Melee

David J. Cieslak, Arizona Republic (Phoenix), Jan. 17

A series of minor brawls marred Monday’s

Martin Luther King Jr. festivities in downtown Phoenix, prompting police to

deploy pepper spray into crowds of people and forcing some area store owners

to temporarily shut down their shops.

Police arrested two people for fighting during

the melee, which started shortly after 4 p.m. as celebrations ended at Margaret

Hance Park near Central Avenue and McDowell Road. No one was seriously injured

in the fracas and no property was damaged, authorities said.

“Unfortunately we had a group of kids who

don’t understand the meaning of today,” said Phoenix Assistant Police

Chief Kevin Robinson, who supervised some 60 officers called to the scene during

the incident. “Today of all days is to remember what Martin Luther King

stood for.”


She got pepper-sprayed.


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