On Tuesday, two people were transferred to the hospital from Lauderhill Mall. Reports state that a fight broke out at the mall between two girls. The argument was allegedly concerning the Trayvon Martin case. The fight was escalated through social media.
Although it is not known what the post said exactly, it is known that the post invited the teens to come to the mall in flash mob form to fight and release any tensions they had against others, reports the Huff Post.
By the time the actual fight took place, there were between two and thee hundred teenagers who participated in the brawl.
Lauderhill Lt. Michael Butkus said: “I don’t know what the motive was for using the mall or why they would want to fight.”
There crowd of people even spilled onto the parking lot. Police on scene included officers from Lauderhill, Plantation, Sunrise and Broward Sheriff’s Offices. The officers cleared out the mall and then placing the premises on a partial lockdown. No teenager was aloud on the mall premises without an adult chaperone.
One witness told CBS Miami: “I just heard that anybody that had beef with each other is supposed to come over here and fight.”
Two officers remained at the mall well into the night to ensure that no other fights would take place.
Butkus said: “The police presence was meant to show that we would not tolerate anyone breaking the law … We’re not going to tolerate that kind of activity.”
One of those that were injured in the brawl was hospitalized due to a punched in the head. No more details have been released on the victims.
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