MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – An exodus of teenagers took to the streets Saturday night after multiple fights broke out and police in riot gear showed up to a party in downtown Minneapolis.
Teens in the crowd said a fight broke out around 10 p.m. at a party called Big Bash 2 that was held in the Hyatt Regency, located at 1300 Nicollet Mall.
The teens said the party’s organizers ended the Big Bash after the initial fight, forcing some 800 teenagers (police estimate) into the streets, where more fights broke out.
Police tweeted that they made “only a handful of arrests” at the scene and maced an unknown number of teens. They said officers showed up in riot gear, but did not use it.
Police said that extra officers were called in; but after the crowd dispersed, they were relieved. From the WCCO-TV newsroom window, about a dozen squad cars could be seen on Nicollet Mall.
Last year, the original Big Bash party, which was held at the University of Minnesota, was also broken up by police after gunshots allegedly rang out.