Extra police and security on hand at Mall of America

7:44 AM, Dec 28, 2011   |    comments
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BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- Inside the Mall of America Tuesday, extra security guards and police could be seen watching over this massive space.

It was a sense of business as usual, a complete opposite from Monday afternoon when a large group of young people started a huge brawl that spread into other parts of the building, much of it captured on video and posted to youTube.

"There were hundreds of people down there," Cassie Anderson told KARE 11.

Anderson witnessed one of the fights unfold right in front of her while she worked at a nearby clothing store. "(It was) scary. You didn't know who was part of it, so you didn't know if you're were going to be trampled or if guns were going to be pulled," she said.

She saw people pushing tables and throwing chairs, one of which nailed a teenage girl in the head. "One flew all the way across and hit a Kiosk," she said.

However, officials say there were no major injuries reported in the mall, but there were reports of fights spilling out into the surrounding area. "We have a big presence of security here, but we'll continue to look at it and see what we can do better in the future," said Dan Jasper, Mall of America spokesperson.

Jasper says the mall is reevaluating its security policy to see if more can be done, including changing the teen curfew rule.

Right now, kids under 16 have to be accompanied by an adult after 4 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, that could be expanded.

And although there is no indication of social media playing a role in this melee, officials are investigating that possibility. "We monitor tweets, we monitor Facebook. We didn't see any hints of this happening. But it maybe a factor," said Jasper.

A total of ten people were arrested, six adults and four juvenilles. They're facing disorderly conduct charges.

Meantime, those who witnessed the fights wished they hadn't. "It was not anything I would expect to happen when I was working," said Anderson.

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