One woman was arrested on suspicion of second-degree assault on a law officer and two men were arrested on suspicion of refusing to disperse during a riot situation in connection with the confrontation early Sunday morning.
Springfield police spokeswoman Lisa Cox said two officers were originally dispatched at 1:17 a.m. to a report of a disturbance at the Zan nightclub, 311 N. Patton, where there were several combative people who were taken outside the club.
Because the officer felt their safety was in jeopardy, the officers called for backup and more than a dozen officers came to the scene, she said.
Many people around the two were trying to fight, Cox added, and one of the officers was punched in the forehead by 24-year-old woman, who was then detailed and arrested.
“A crowd of hundreds had then assembled on Patton Alley, from McDaniel halfway to Walnut Street,” Cox said, and subjects in the crowd were yelling and threatening officers.
The crowd refused to obey verbal lawful commands to disperse and officers formed a line and began moving the crowd north until it slowly began to disassemble, she said.
While the crowd was being moved, two men refused many commands and challenged the officers, so they were arrested for refusing to disperse during a riot situation, Cox said.
No formal charges have yet been filed against the three people who were arrested.
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