Jacksonville Police Release Statement on Viral Fight Video
The Jacksonville police chief has issued a statement after a video posted to Facebook over the weekend shows a vicious fight that has been viewed more than 700,000 times in 24 hours.
The video, which shows several African-American males hitting and kicking a lone white male in the parking lot of a Jacksonville Taco Bell, has been shared more than 15,000 times.
After an investigation was launched, Chief Reese Daniel released this statement to the media:
"Despite a seven second video that has gone viral that purports to show several black males stomping and hitting a lone white male at a local restaurant, our department did an initial investigation prior to talking to the media. At this point we anticipate filing charges against several people ranging from Disorderly Conduct to Assault on subjects both White and Black.
While the tape clearly shows an assault taking place, there are many other factors and actions that we must investigate. As the investigation progresses, we will release names and ages of the various suspects and the charges we will be filing. We have already made one arrest close to the scene for DWI on a suspect who was trying to escape.
One thing I want to be clear about is that this was not a roaming band of black males assaulting white males and this incident was precipitated by one of the White suspects. Alcohol was also involved. While I personally find it cowardly that several people were involved in the assault on the young man on the ground, please let me point out that this seven second video contains no audio so we have no way of knowing what the male on the ground was saying at the time or if he was making the problem worse. Officers talked to him at the scene and he refused to file any charges.
This victim had two friends with him. One was engaged in a fight off camera and the other was leaving the scene. For those in the initial off-camera fights and disturbances, we anticipate filing Disorderly Conduct charges and for those involved in the stomping we are going to file Assault charges.
People need to know that this is not Ferguson, Chicago or any other place. It is Jacksonville, Texas and this entire episode could easily have been avoided had it not been for alcohol and loose mouths. It was not a riot and was broken up by the arrival of the police.
We received the initial call at 12:32 a.m. and our first unit arrived at 12:33 a.m. A one minute response time. I also know that many people, with little or no facts at their disposal have tried to make this into something it is not. Our officers handle fights on almost a daily basis and they did an excellent job of breaking this one up and doing the proper follow-up.
Once we have everyone identified and charged with the proper charge we will release further information. Until then we will follow our standard procedure and do a thorough investigation."
What do you think about what Chief Daniel had to say?
Here's the video. Warning: some may find this difficult to watch.
Taco Bell in Jacksonville Texas everybody knows where it's at happened last night may 9th this is the kinda shit you won't see on the news where's the media at on this one?
Posted by Jackson Peavy on Sunday, May 10, 2015