INDIANAPOLIS, Ind (Oct. 1, 2015)-- Five juveniles are now facing charges in Marion County for their alleged role in a downtown brawl that was caught on cell phone video.
The aggressive pummeling is difficult to watch. It was posted to social media and shared over and over again. Now, the prosecutor is involved and the viral video is getting more attention than the teens involved ever wanted.
The screams, the punches and the kicks are all aimed towards a helpless teen in the maroon shorts. She was downtown on the July 4th weekend when the mayhem erupted.
According to the teen's mother, the fight was unprovoked and random.
"It hurts so bad. Nobody even knows how bad it hurts to watch that video," said Whitney, the teenage victim's mother.
She claims another group of girls started calling her names.
"One of them approached her and said, 'Hey you're ugly,'" Whitney said.
FOX59 sat down with Whitney days after the attack.
"It hurts so bad nobody even knows how hard it is to watch this video. It took me a long time to watch the video," said Whitney.
The teenage victim says she was sprayed with mace and hit wit a weapon, possibly brass knuckles, during the fight. She suffered a cut to the ear that required five stitches.
While the prosecutors office isn't elaborating on the specific nature of the charges, five juveniles will now pay the consequences for their role in the melee.
"One of the things I don’t want is the next generation after me to be dead in the ground," said Steven McCloud, a community activist.
Mccloud knows about consequences and has made great strides to turn his life around.
"I was incarcerated. I was locked in a cell for 23 hours a day and allowed one hour for recreation," said McCloud.
Mccloud watched the video and says he hopes the charges handed down by the prosecutor will show other teens that there are major consequences for reckless behavior.
"One of the things I learned about consequences is that every action has a reaction—whether that’s a positive reaction or a negative reaction," said McCloud.
Whitney said her daughter is doing much better and she hopes these charges will bring her family some closure.