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Mike Rivest
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From: Montréal QC Canada
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Article (with an video) at

Five teenagers were arrested when a 600-person brawl broke out in a Florida movie theater’s parking lot on Christmas night.
Described by police as a “melee,” the fight occurred around 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday outside the Hollywood River City 14 movie theater in Jacksonville when a group tried to storm the theater’s doors without purchasing tickets, police said. Several had rushed an off-duty police officer working as a security guard.
The officer “administered pepper spray to disperse the group, locked the doors and called for backup, following protocol,” said Lauri-Ellen Smith, a spokeswoman for the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.
Soon after the pepper spray was used, “upward of 600 people moving throughout a parking lot about the size of a football field began fighting, disrupting and jumping on cars,” she said.
Sixty-two police officers were called to the scene to break up the brawl, “sequestering them and separating them,” Smith said.
Only minor injuries and damage to property were reported. No gunshots were fired, according to Smith.

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Justin Hamaker
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There serious seems to be something in Florida that breeds "bat shit crazy". Either that, or the Florida media is just really good at reporting all the crazy stuff that happens in the state.

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Buck Wilson
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I am more than slightly amused that this happened at a Hollywood location.

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Martin McCaffery
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I'm kinda shocked no gunshots were fired.

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Dominic Espinosa
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Always Florida...

Seriously though, what did they think would happen? They'd rush the theater and nobody would call the cops?

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Edward Havens
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I would like to know how a couple of young people trying to bum rush the podium became a six hundred person brawl in the parking lot. Is it possible the two incidents were only tangentially related?

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Kenneth Wuepper
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Perhaps this was a "flash mob" gone wrong.

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Joe Redifer
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quote: Edward Havens
I would like to know how a couple of young people trying to bum rush the podium became a six hundred person brawl in the parking lot. Is it possible the two incidents were only tangentially related?
They had to be.

I am disappointed in the video in the article. It's just boring news station footage and all news stations are exactly the same... they focus on the flashing lights of police cars. Why even have video if that's all you can get? Surely one of the people in the parking lot captured high quality Apple iPhone™ HD vertical video of this brawl.

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