DETROIT – Police are looking into a video of a large brawl in Detroit’s Greektown neighborhood that has gone viral.
Detroit police said t
hey are reviewing the social media posts, footage from police body cameras and surveillance cameras from the early Sunday morning incident.
According to authorities, officers were attempting to break up an ongoing physical altercation that was escalating between separate large groups of citizens, who reportedly turned on the officers.
Police said several officers were injured and multiple people have been taken into custody.
After several videos of fights in Greektown have gone viral in late May and early June, police said it expanded its presence in Downtown Detroit to curb illegal activity.
Multiple people were arrested and officers were injured Saturday night around midnight when a brawl broke out on Monroe and Beaubien in Detroit’s Greektown.
Police also said 13 guns were seized Saturday.
“Crime News in the D” posted an Instagram video (below) of the fighting.
“Preliminarily, in this early stage of investigation, officers were attempting to break up an ongoing physical altercation that was escalating between separate large groups of citizens, who then began to assault the officers,” police say in a press release late Sunday afternoon. “At this time, the DPD can only confirm that individuals from that group were taken into custody and that members of the DPD were injured during the altercation.”
Police said they were reviewing officers’ body cameras and security camera footage.
Greektown, once regarded as the main entertainment district in Detroit, has been the scene of shootings and fights in the past, and an ongoing problem for police.
“The DPD has been stepping up its presence in the downtown area to help curb illegal activity and nuisance conduct that appears to be driving many of the recent incidents,” police said. “Thirteen firearms were confiscated last night as a part of this effort. The DPD will be meeting with business owners ensuring that they are complying with noise, capacity, and other operational requirements.”