Brawl Shuts Down San Francisco Westfield Mall

Brawl Police Response Shuts Down Westfield Mall in San Francisco
Brawl Shuts Down San Francisco Westfield Mall
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26 June, 2017

According to police, a brawl forced the temporary lockdown of San Francisco's downtown Westfield Mall and ended with several people being detained, as well as one being arrested.

Cellphone videos recorded by bystanders at the scene and later shared on social media captured people running in panic and screaming inside the mall crammed with shoppers and dozens of responding police officers. Authorities say that one officer was injured during the incident.

Rueca said officers tried to detain several people some of whom resisted and would not obey officers.

After the mall was put on lockdown, it was later closed early.

One officer suffered minor injuries after being pepper-sprayed, police said.

Police said they don't think a hate crime was involved and they didn't see any links to Sunday's gay pride events.

Police did not immediately disclose the details of what happened, but dozens of officers remained outside the mall on Market and Fifth streets at 8 p.m., at least an hour after the incident.

The cause of the brawl is under investigation.

The mall is expected to open on schedule Monday morning.


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