Chief: Blame carnival fight on brawlers, parents

WYOMING, Mich. (WOOD) — The Wyoming police chief said his officers who were at a city-run carnival Friday night when a brawl broke out did everything they could to stop the violence.

Two girls were hurt during fights at the carnival on 28th Street near the old Studio 28 site. Some of the chaos was captured on camera and uploaded to the Internet. One of the girls hurt told 24 Hour News 8 Sunday she was pushed to the ground and stomped on as she shouted for her assailants to stop.

Two girls who say they were attacked at a Wyoming carnival speak with 24 Hour News 8's Leon Hendrix. (April 13, 2014)
(Two girls who say they were attacked at the carnival speak with 24 Hour News 8’s Leon Hendrix. April 13, 2014)

“If you watch the video, you can hear me screaming for my life,” she said.

24 Hour News 8 asked Police Chief James Carmody Monday if more could have been done to prevent the brawl.

“We can do only so much, and putting people right there at the moment sometimes doesn’t even prevent that from happening,” Carmody said.

Carmody said the city had security people at the carnival, which is a fundraiser for the city Parks and Recreation Department.

“They were identified as security people through Parks and Recreation,” Carmody said. “They had vests on that said ‘security.’ They’re basically our eyes and ears.”

Security people saw some scuffles and called police, Carmody said, but even officers on the scene couldn’t keep people from fighting.

“I had two fights break out when my officers were standing right there,” Carmody said.generic Wyoming Police Chief James Carmody 041114

Carmody said he knows people want to blame the police or the city, but he also asked why aren’t they taking it to the people he says are responsible: The trouble-making kids and their parents.

“These kids came to town looking for trouble, came to the carnival looking for trouble,” Carmody said. “Where are their parents? Let’s point the finger at the people who are responsible: The kids who were there and the lack of parenting that went on that these kids have no respect for authority. They have no regard for each other and they take a really good event that’s going on and ruin it for everybody else.”

The carnival continues through Saturday. Carmody said his department made two arrests and is still trying to identify other troublemakers they can prosecute.

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