Video shows dramatic police response to weekend bar-break disturbance

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Video from this weekend shows Anchorage police forming a line to clear the street after a large disturbance outside a downtown restaurant and bar early Sunday morning.

Four people were arrested between 3:10 and 3:45 a.m. near the intersection of 3rd Avenue and F Street in Anchorage.

Police say a large crowd of more than 50 people was yelling and screaming after police responded for a large disturbance. APD says that an intoxicated and hostile man was in the middle of the road on 3rd Avenue at that same time. While police say that some were slowly dispersing, others were encouraging aggressive behavior from the crowd.

"Quite frankly, it was a little intimidating," said Russ Reno, a property owner in the area.

According to Reno, around 3:00 a.m. when the bars let out, people were running up and down the streets. Reno adds that there were fights in the middle of 3rd Avenue and he also believes there was probably about 50-60 people along the sidewalk of his property.

"We're in a situation where there's no way we're going to walk outside," said Reno.

Video he shared with KTUU shows APD forming a human wall with officers holding batons and verbally telling people to move back and clear the street.

APD says that some of the pedestrians tried to fight officers. By the end of it all early Sunday morning, four people were arrested as described by APD in a press statement.

"One adult was tased for being physically aggressive and trying to fight our officers. This person was arrested and charged with rioting, disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest," the statement said.

That suspect has been identified as 24-year-old Alexzander Brumfield.

Three other people were arrested and charged: 22-year-old Ontario Gettys for Disorderly Conduct; 27-year-old Barbara Rascon for Resisting Arrest, two counts of Disorderly Conduct, and Assault on a Police Officer; and 27-year-old Demetria Lugo-Sena for disorderly conduct.

"I am totally in favor of them coming out in bar break and showing their force and letting it be known that we need people to behave themselves at bar break 'cause this has been an issue for decades now in Anchorage," said Antoine McLeod, owner of Brown Bag Sandwich Company.

The intersection of the disturbance is outside his restaurant. McLeod said he's happy with the police response to help clear the streets and make sure no one was injured. But Reno feels trapped in what he says has become a new norm for the neighborhood he lives and does business in.

"But why should we put up with this type of abuse from people that are parking in our parking spots, that we spend $100 a month for, to people that are leaving empty beer cans and things like that? They brought in their cans to leave that out here for us to clean up in the morning, to the cigarettes on the ground. It's all over," said Reno.



 
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