Madison Police said a major disruption at a Southwest Side ice rink on Friday night involving mostly minors turned into multiple brawls, resulting in the use of pepper spray and the attraction of more than two dozen officers law enforcement agencies from surrounding jurisdictions.
Madison Police: Big disruption at rink turns into multiple brawls, pepper spray used | criminality
Police were called to the roller skating center at around 8:35 pm for “reports of large numbers of unsupervised minors causing unrest,” Lt. Michael Richardson said in a statement. Upon arriving at the Fast Forward Skate Center, 4649 Verona Road, around 250 people were inside the business when a brawl started, Richardson said.
The brawl escalated and the crowd eventually spread to the parking lot where several large fights took place simultaneously, he said, including people climbing to the top of a police squad at one point. .
Richardson said an adult, who had a Taser-type weapon confiscated after allegedly attempting to use it on another person, and two minors were arrested.
“Members of the crowd attempted to disrupt one of these arrests and pepper spray was needed to protect the police from these individuals and secure the arrest,” he said, adding that a police officer from Madison had been slightly injured during the arrest.
To break up the fighting and restore order, Richardson said, 27 officers responded from at least five law enforcement agencies, while Madison firefighters set up ambulances nearby in case they were required.