BATON ROUGE – A handful of people were knocked to the ground with some appearing to be rendered unconscious after a street brawl in the Tigerland area.
The fight – which may have involved two dozen or more people – was recorded from various angles and posted on the internet overnight. While it was not clear as to when the video was recorded, the video comes hours after authorities were dispatched to a fight with injuries in Tigerland late Monday night/early Tuesday morning. One person was taken to the hospital, sources with knowledge of the situation told WBRZ.
Last year, a WBRZ special report highlighted similar calls in the popular collegiate bar area of the city. Then, The Investigative Unit requested data from emergency dispatchers and found over the course of 12 months, police were called to three popular bars in the area some 183 times.
In a series of two videos posted on Facebook, countless college-aged men are seen fighting with one another as many people watch.
“Every good fight needs a camera man,” someone yells from the background as the person recording documents a few of the people involved fall to the ground.
The video shows what may be two – or as many as three – fights happening simultaneously in a parking lot along Bob Pettit. In parts of the video, guys have removed their shirts and brawl like MMA fighters while others jump from the hoods of cars and throw people into the back of pickup trucks parked in the parking lot.
The videos – which total about four minutes – are filled with cursing, and at times, too violent to even post on WBRZ.com.
Baton Rouge Police said there were no arrests related to the fight this week, but an officer was dispatched after an anonymous 911 call. Upon arriving at the scene, officers found a man needing medical attention. Witnesses told officers, the person needing help was the aggressor in the situation.
LSU said it was investigating to determine if LSU students were involved as it relates to the videos online.
"LSU is aware of a video showing an altercation off-campus, but at this time we are unaware of when this occurred and if LSU students were involved. We will review and, if necessary, apply the appropriate disciplinary measures," a spokesperson said.
Police responded to questions about officers' presence in the bar area, reporting officers are assigned to specific zones in each police district. Tigerland is in the Baton Rouge Police 2nd District. Police said while there is not an assignment for the Tigerland area each night of the week, officers are assigned to that location usually on the weekends of home football games. A spokesperson added, officers can be at the scene in a matter of seconds on any given night, though.
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