9 Arrested as Hundreds of Youths Riot at Mall of America

9 youths were arrested at the Mall of America yesterday after 20 “individuals” started fighting north of the food court.

Witnesses said the fights started after reports that rappers Lil’ Wayne and Drake were visiting the Mall.
KARE 11 reported:

Fists flew and so did a few chairs during a large-scale brawl at the Mall of America Monday.

“Anytime you have a large group of people together things can happen,” said Commander Mark Stehlik with Bloomington Police. “But this is highly unusual.”

Shortly after 4 p.m., authorities confirm more than 20 individuals started fighting in the north food court. Cellphone video uploaded to YouTube shows dozens of young people watching while some push, punch, and even throw chairs. At that same time, police say several other fights flared up in other places of the mall.

“There were drinks thrown on the floor and chairs being thrown everywhere,” said Tess Dessalgne who witnessed the brawl. “Everyone started running towards the fight.”

There are no reports of anyone seriously hurt, but Bloomington Police along with Mall of America security arrested nine individuals for disorderly conduct. Some of those arrested were juveniles.

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