200-300 teens fight during Grand Rapids fireworks

Associated Press

Grand Rapids– Grand Rapids’ deputy police chief says parental supervision could have prevented dozens of fights downtown involving hundreds of teens during the city’s annual Fourth of July fireworks show.

Fireworks light the sky over Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument and U.S. Capitol, at the National Mall.

Deputy Chief Eric Payne said Monday police officials believe many of the 200-300 teens involved in the Saturday fights “were just dropped off and left there.”

The Grand Rapids Press reports no injuries were reported, and three people between ages 13 to 19 were arrested.

Also that night, one person was killed and three others injured in two shootings near downtown.

In a Facebook post, the Grand Rapids Police Officers’ Association claimed the weekend violence was a “direct result” of poor staffing and scrutiny by city officials.

Payne disputed the claim, saying policer have adequate staffing and have increased patrols.