Reporting Kai Jackson
BALTIMORE (WJZ)— Violence at Baltimore’s most popular tourist attraction. Teens are arrested and tasered as police try to control an out-of-control crowd at the Inner Harbor.
Kai Jackson has new details on the confrontation and how it all started.
Calm in and around the Inner Harbor was shattered Saturday night when hundreds of teenagers converged downtown in a large area from the Block to 1st Mariner Arena. Police say, like others, this recent incident turned violent and investigators believe it was all organized online using Facebook.
“Really from different neighborhoods across the city—east, west,” said Anthony Guglielmi, Baltimore City Police. “And really fought over trivial, silly things.”
Ameen Tyler, who works at a nearby restaurant, watched it unfold.
“It was a lot of commotion, a lot of people running around, frantic and scared,” Tyler said.
Police confirm to WJZ they used a taser to break up one fight and a teen was taken to the hospital in another altercation.
“She was stabbed in the arm as a result of a petty dispute,” Guglielmi said.
The Inner Harbor is Baltimore’s economic engine and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake says making sure it runs safely is a priority.
“They were being disruptive and we moved in to take control of the situation. It’s disappointing,” Rawlings-Blake said. “I’m committed to making sure the harbor is safe for citizens, as well as visitors. It’s a trademark and I’m gonna protect it.”
Police have surveillance video from the night of the incident. They are reviewing it as they continue to investigate.