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Springfield Police Release New Video of Downtown Brawl

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Newly released video shows more of a brawl that occurred in downtown Springfield in April. Both police officers and a large crowd were involved in the altercation outside of a popular nightclub.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. --New surveillance video shows three different vantage points of the downtown brawl that happened in early in the morning on April 27.

Springfield Police released the videos which was provided by Zan, the nightclub located at Patton Alley and McDaniel Street.

The video shows police reacting to an unruly crowd outside of the popular nightclub. At one point, a woman confronts an officer before hitting him, and the officer then appears to strike her back.

"These mob situations can escalate very quickly," said Matt Canovi, a former law enforcement officer. "Police officers have to take charge quickly to stop it from going from nothing to a big something."

Canovi said crowd control is crucial in situations like this.

"All of the sudden one thing leads to to another," he said. "This is the real danger. Eventually it'll escalate to the point where where somebody gets hurt.  First property damage, then you get somebody getting hurt."

According to police, there were combative people inside the business and officers assisted them outside. Police then called for backup when people started fighting.

Fire Marshala Phil Noah said the fire department was not involved, but says Zan has been cited two times for over-crowding. He said crowd control can get complicated.

"Anytime large crowds and alcohol involved, you can run into difficult situations very quickly," he said.

Jason Adams works at a nearby business and said rowdy crowds are a common occurrence on Friday and Saturday nights.

"There's at least a fight every weekend in the streets," said Adams.

Canovi said although the public can see what happened, there are still unanswered questions.

"You don't really know, plus you can't hear. There could be verbal threats going on," he said. "So don't jump to any conclusions."

Police said something of this magnitude rarely happens and officers hope the videos will help educate the public.

According to the Springfield Police Department, Officer Thomas Jordan's use of force was determined to be within policy.

Jordan will resume his duties as an officer.

The woman was charged with second-degree assault on a law enforcement officer.

Noah added that the fire code requires management of clubs and bars to be trained in crowd control, so the fire department is currently working with them to get that training.
   

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