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LMPD says small fights at Big Four Bridge handled 'appropriately' by officers

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LMPD Sgt. Phil Russell shows surveillance video taken at the Big Four Bridge Saturday night. LMPD Sgt. Phil Russell shows surveillance video taken at the Big Four Bridge Saturday night.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville Metro Police say there were reports of fights at Waterfront Park over the weekend, but there were no major incidents.

LMPD spokesperson Dwight Mitchell said officers responded to a report of a fight on the Big Four Bridge around 7:45 p.m. Saturday night.

Surveillance video shows the fight on the bridge, which only involves a few people and lasts about 20 seconds before being broken up. It appears several people run away from the fight, as a few run toward it.

By the time officers arrived, police say the fight was over and the kids on scene were ‘orderly.’ However, police say there was another ‘scuffle’ near the base of the bridge.

Police wouldn’t say the situation was ‘overblown,’ but Sgt. Phil Russell said LMPD would release surveillance video of the incident and let people determine that for themselves.

Christine Adams says she came from out of town Saturday night to walk the bridge with her son and husband.

“It actually scared me, because I had no idea what was going on,” Adams said. “We heard a loud group and looked back and there were about 100 kids running toward us.”

Adams says parents were grabbing their children to get them out of the way.

“[Police] just couldn’t break it up. There were too many of them," Adams said.

Police say there were about 17 officers on scene, but no one was arrested or detained and there were no other incidents.

As the crowd began to disperse, police say the group blocked the road as it moved out, but there was not a significant stoppage of traffic.

“Our officers responded in an appropriate way, and were quickly dispatched. There was a little congestion, but it was quickly handled,” said Mitchell.

Adams says she and her family took off for the Jeffersonville, Indiana side of the bridge to wait out the situation.

Jeffersonville Police say they were called just after 8 p.m. for a group of people fighting on the Louisville side of the bridge. They were concerned the people would try to cross the bridge, so officers responded.

“They were trying to get attention, and they got it,” said Tim Childers, who took video of the aftermath.

Childers says he arrived after the initial incidents and witnessed the road blocked off and a large crowd of teens.

“My concern is that this is becoming the norm and there’s no consequences for these kids,” Childers said.

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