PD called to Rosa Parks Circle 4 times Tues.


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Police were called to Rosa Parks Circle in downtown Grand Rapids at least four times Tuesday evening.

At one point, the officers working the Bruno Mars concert at nearby Van Andel Arena saw a disturbance, according to the Grand Rapids Police Department. It’s unclear whether officers broke up that fight or whether it dispersed on its own, but four arrests were made in connection that incident.

The fourth time officers responded to Rosa Parks Circle, they cleared the park and closed it for the evening.

Some people enjoying the pleasant weather downtown were upset they were told to leave.

“You have a bunch of these new school kids just out of school who have got nothing better to do. Just a bunch of drama happening — he said, she said. B efore you know it, there’s a fight breaking out over nothing,” Scott Greenlee, who witnessed a fight, said. “They just kept on going, kept on going. I don’t understand why. They are just ruining it for the rest of us.”

Later, as people congregated around the outside of the park, an M-80 firework was set off, sending people scattering, police said.

No injuries were reported.

The group of people congregating at the park moved toward the intersection of Division Avenue and Cherry Street, GRPD said. Officers were called to that area twice after people vacated Rosa Parks Circle.

Last summer, the popular swing dancing was moved from Rosa Parks Circle for a few weeks after several reported fights over multiple weeks.

There were not any events at the park Tuesday evening.

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