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Mother of beach brawl mom criticizes police response

Stephanie West says her son was attacked by gang members during a brawl at Jacksonville Beach. (2013)
Stephanie West says her son was attacked by gang members during a brawl at Jacksonville Beach. (2013)
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Updated: 5/29/2013 7:43 pm
JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. – The mother of a man beaten during a massive beach brawl is speaking out about the night her son was attacked.

Violence captured on video as a swarm of men target 20-year-old Anthony Jones.

Once knocked down, he wasn’t left with much of a chance to get up.

The images are too hard to watch for Jones' mother, Stephanie West. But she says the video begs the question: where was help?

"I'm very angry because with thousands of people at the beach like that, no police were anywhere around.”

Police say the first fight started around 7:20 Monday night as Jones is first seen in a scuffle in the dunes by the Jacksonville Beach Pier.

When an officer arrived, the group scattered south. Eventually stopping in front of the SeaWalk Pavilion.

West claims someone called for medical help for Jones, but a rescue unit never arrived.

Sgt. Tom Crumley tells Action News a fire engine arrived within three minutes of the call but says Jones was already on his way to Memorial Hospital.

“Jacksonville Beach police still didn't call. I had to ask the Memorial nurse to get somebody out to the hospital so I could do a report,” said West.

Two days later, Jones is sore and suffering from a dislocated left shoulder.

Police have not made any arrests in connection with the beach brawl near the pavilion.

West says she wants to see action from police and put away the men responsible for the vicious attack seen in the video.

"I'm not going to stop until justice be served. As a parent, that's what I'm going to do,” said West.
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whosaysnocan - 5/30/2013 6:12 PM
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This mother has to blame everyone for her lack of parenting. Viewing the video this mother's son was seen fighting, beating on others. Then there is the one where he is getting beat. Aw poor thing~NOT! The recent clips of this kid provides the obvious group it can be identified with. The hair, the tattoos, the clothing. Punk, gang, uneducated, lack of morals and probably will be in the news again. Just watched the police saying this punk has not been forth coming on who attacked it. It knows, many involved know, they just are using their "code" by not talking. I pray there are no babies by this one. Again, there are silly, foolish girls that will make babies with the lowest in the gene pool. Just saying.

1country - 5/30/2013 4:24 PM
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And oh yeah,he is such a goot boy,him don't never been in no trouble!Why is it they always have different last names? DUH!

TOMMY - 5/30/2013 9:41 AM
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Mom should pay attention as to who her kid is hanging out with!

Truthseeker - 5/30/2013 4:48 AM
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It is somewhat disturbing that their was a definite lack of police presence, but it is also very disturbing that so many people stood around with their hands in their pockets and did nothing to help. Our country's morals and backbone are GONE!!!

dan the man - 5/29/2013 11:27 PM
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Why is it always young black people doing these things,look at the flash mobs all black people,it gives descent black folk a bad rap.
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