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Deputies conduct review after mall brawl

4 years 5 months 2 weeks ago January 07, 2013 Jan 7, 2013 Monday, January 07 2013 January 07, 2013 6:09 PM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Chris Nakamoto

BATON ROUGE- East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Deputies are working on an after-incident report to go over possible security changes which may need to be made at the Mall of Louisiana.

It follows a large fight which broke out on Saturday night.  According to investigators, at least 200 juveniles showed up in the food court after someone posted a message on Instagram. 

Sheriff's Deputies told News 2 increased monitoring will continue on the internet.

"We work with federal, state and local agencies to monitor the internet and social media," said Casey Rayborn Hicks, spokesperson for the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office.  "We try to plan ahead for any unofficial or rumored gatherings, if we hear of an unofficial concert or a new product being released, anything that could draw a big crowd."

Deputies said they are currently reviewing surveillance video to go over what happened the night of the fight. 

"Anytime we have a major incident, we do an after incident review," Hicks said.  "We look over it and talk to those involved and try to get feedback if there is anything we could do better or differently."

Six juveniles were arrested for the fight.  No one was seriously hurt.

The Mall of Louisiana released the following statement this afternoon:

"At Mall of Louisiana, the safety and security of our shoppers are always our top priorities. We are fortunate to have a great working relationship with the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Department. This Saturday, there was an unexpected large amount of people gathered in the food court due to a social media posting. Based simply upon the size of the crowd, the sheriff's department determined it was necessary to evacuate the mall to further ensure the safety of all shoppers. There were no reports of injuries or incidents related to Saturday night's event. In addition to our relationship with the sheriff's department, our customized public safety program entails many measures. These measures are designed to ensure our shoppers have a safe and enjoyable time at our center. We cannot discuss the specifics of the program because to do so would compromise our efforts. As part of our efforts and our commitment to public safety, we regularly review our safety program and will amend it as necessary."

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