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Shopper Concerns about Safety after Fight

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS2/FOX28) Cedar Rapids Police say cell phone video from a February 15th brawl at Lindale Mall will likely play a key role in identifying those responsible and making an arrest.  The video exploded on social networking sites on the internet this week. It shows several young men punching, kicking and smashing chairs over the heads of others in the mall food court. Investigators say they are going through the video and anticipate charges.

In the meantime, the fight is raising questions about safety at Lindale. A brawl like the one on Saturday afternoon, two and a half weeks ago, is rare, but witnesses say it lasted five minutes and innocent bystanders were the only ones trying to break it up.  Bill Lyman was just a few feet away.  He says a flying chair just missed a woman standing nearby.  He says he saw chaos, blood on people and all over the floor, but no security, I believe some got very serious injuries but I never saw a police officer .. I waited around a while and never saw an officer . I thought maybe they were called off because people in the fight had left.

Trevor Keith says he and his brother were in that fight and looking around for help, In the video everybody was commenting wheres the security guards.   On our Facebook page some of you are asking the same question. Mandy writes, Obviously we need CR Police to guard our mall since mall security didnt do anything.  Will posted, Mall security should have been there with pepper spray and tasers to break up the fight.  Lindsey writes, Situations like this make it hard for parents to let their children out of the house without parental oversight.
 
Cedar Rapids Public Safety Spokesperson Greg Buelow says police understand the concerns and hope an arrest will calm fears, That type of behavior in a public place where family may go to enjoy a meal or go shopping is unacceptable behavior by anybodys standards.
 
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