A fight among four women in Springfield's entertainment district was caught on camera, and the video has gone viral. It's popping up on Facebook pages and web sites.
Some residents say the police aren't doing enough to keep that part of the city safe. But as CBS 3 Springfield's Natalie Tolomeo explains, police are pointing the finger at some of the residents in the video.
The video shows four women who left a downtown Springfield bar started fighting in the middle of Chestnut and Worthington Streets. The brawl lasts around four minutes, and the fight was all caught on camera.
While some of the women repeatedly throw punch after punch, about 20 people are standing by, watching. And that's upsetting to police.
"Something bad could have turned out here. One of those girls could have gotten hit by a car or had their head smashed against the cement and gotten seriously hurt or died," says Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney.
In the nearly four minutes the incident is recorded, the argument really starts to escalate after about a minute into the video. Then the four women handle their beef in the street. After about 2 1/2 minutes, police arrive to break up the fight.
"If you go clubbing you're on your own," says a Springfield man. "Don't expect anyone to be rescued right there and then. The cops, I guess, are slacking and not doing their job or hanging out."
Police say no one called 911 when the fight happened. The video was uploaded to YouTube on Friday, March 10, and Delaney says police believe the fight happened the night before on March 9. He says it is the crowd's fault for letting the fight go on for so long.
"Police are all over downtown. All it took was somebody to dial 911 to get a police officer there quicker. Nobody did it. That tells me a lot as a police officer that no one at that scene was thinking clearly," said Delaney.
"People should know that cell phones have other uses. People should dial 911, that way police can get there very quickly."
Police say more than likely, alcohol played a factor in the fight. Although officers did arrive and break up the fight, no one was arrested because none of the women in the video wanted to press charges.
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