A series of minor brawls marred Mondays
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
dont 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
She got pepper-sprayed.