Police car damaged in large Indianapolis disturbance

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Feb. 20, 2016) -- Dozens of teenagers flooded out of Skateland USA and started brawling late Saturday night on the northwest side of Indianapolis.

According to metro police, the incident started when the teens were asked to leave Skateland USA around 9 p.m. due to capacity issues.  The group of at least 100 people then started gathering near 40th Street and High School Road. They became rowdy, yelling profanities and trying to start fights. Skateland USA called police to break up the crowd.

Moments later police officers arrived and sent the teenagers home.  At one point, someone threw a rock through a windshield of a patrol car.  That was the only violence reported. No one was injured and no arrests were made.

Several cruisers stayed in the area, along with a police helicopter until the crowd dispersed.

A police incident report stated that a single police pepper ball had been deployed at the scene.

Police say a social media flyer earlier in the day may have contributed to the large crowd.  Saturday afternoon, Skateland USA posted on Facebook about rumors of a lock-in Saturday night.  The Facebook post said there was no lock-in scheduled, and parents should not expect to drop off children for an event of that nature.

 

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