GLENDALE, Ariz. (FOX 10) -- Glendale Police officials have released surveillance video from the night a brawl happened during an all-night event at Great Skate in Glendale.
The video, which was released Wednesday afternoon, was redacted and not of sharp image quality. In addition, Glendale Police also released additional details surrounding the incident. Officials say it happened during an all-night event that is hosted approximately eight times a year at Great Skate. The incident began to unfold during the 9:00 p.m. hour, when staff members performed a count and determined there were over 500 people inside the building, an no more people could be let in.
At the time, police say approximately 200 people were still in line outside, and were being turned away. groups of fights began among the teens, and continued into adjacent businesses. There were two off duty Glendale Police officers on scene that were hired by Great Skate, and they called for backup officers to respond for the fights.
In addition to multiple fights, Glendale Police say there were reports of thefts from businesses and vehicles in the area, and kids throwing rocks at passing cars. Officers also deployed pepper spray to disperse groups of aggressors.
"I've never been pepper sprayed in my entire life, but my little daughter has," said Shawna Slarb. "Their kids are, like, I'm trying to get beat up by my friend, and their friends getting beat up and the cops are there."
"It feels bad," said Niquey Braker. "You can't see. Everything's blurry. The pepper is cutting into your eye."
During the event, Glendale Police officials say an attendee opened a fire escape exit door to allow a group of people to enter unchecked by staff member. During a check of the attendees, a 16-year-old who was not wearing a required wristband was discovered by an officer. The teen, who first showed signs of aggression, was later led to the exit door after de-escalation, that teen grabbed a sign posted at the door, and ripped it while knocking the display to the ground. As officers addressed the juveniles outside the front doors, the 16-year-old returned, and ran at one of the officers while his back was turned. Another officer who saw the male deployed his pepper spray at the teen, and the officer then turned and deployed his taser probe. That teen, who was taken to the hospital, faces possible aggravated assault on a police officer charges.
Glendale Police say as officers dealt with the 16-year-old, additional physical fights began to break out within Great Skate, causing those in attendance to flock toward the fights with their phones out. Officers requested backup, and the fights were broken up. The event was later terminated by staff members. Attendees were then told to call their guardian to pick them up, and were age group separated.
Glendale Police officials say since the incident, they have been in constant contact with Great Skate management to address what has happened, and talk about what precautions can be taken in the future.
"We are understanding that they have a big problem with aggression, we want to address that and we want the Glendale Police chief to address that as well," said Katt McKinney. She organized a protest to demand more accountability from Glendale Police.