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Beach Brawl: Enough officers on duty?

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Updated: 5/29/2013 10:28 am
JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. -- Paul Jimerson and Janet Argo's Memorial Day vacation got off to a stressful start, thanks to a clash on the coastline.  Fistfights, at least one of which was on camera, halted almost all holiday activities in Jacksonville Beach.

Jimerson said, "We thought they were having a riot or something because there were about 20 cops, about six on every corner."

The couple described seeing cops on every corner.  But we wanted to know, was that enough?  We took that question to Jax Beach Police Chief Pat Dooley.

"We had 10 additional officers on duty down there.  And then we had five more out on the street," he said.  "So we had 15 officers in our city at the time when this took place."

Dooley said there were more than enough officers on duty this Memorial Day -- even more than usual, because of a recent spike in beachfront brawls.

He said, "Yes, and that's why we had the number of officers out in that downtown area, in that six-square-block area."

Dooley says the department doesn't usually need help from JSO on Memorial Day. And in fact, he says beachgoers had behaved well until the fight broke out Monday evening.

"It's just unfortunate we had a very large number of people and a very small number of people that actually created the problem," he said.

It did take help from JSO, Neptune Beach and Atlantic Beach to get the crowds to disperse and bring peace back to the beachfront. But Argo and Jimerson said it was done quickly, and they never worried about their safety.  Argo said, "Police had everything under control, so that calmed our nerves a little bit.  And we've enjoyed the day today."

Chief Dooley says he will continue to beef up patrols on the weekends.  And he says JSO will help with crowd control during the next big beach holiday, which is July 4.

Investigators are still looking for those responsible for the fight.  They're asking anyone with information to call the Jacksonville Beach Police Department at 904-270-1667.
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osprey1 - 5/29/2013 12:36 PM
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It's nice to know they had 15 officers in the beach area, nobody was arrested for this brawl. Maybe if the police weren't on the beach watching bikini's they might have been able to do there jobs like patrolling there areas.

SouthHip - 5/29/2013 10:29 AM
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Businesses closing their doors 'out of fear'is understandable. Why do journalists, police and politicians fear saying the truth - "Black males, again and again, causing more than 50 % of the problems." By refusing to do so, they demonstrate their own anti-White agenda.

RiverRat - 5/29/2013 9:15 AM
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I guess one advantage of getting kicked in the head by $300 sneakers is that they have cushy soles.

TOMMY - 5/29/2013 5:56 AM
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It's typical for black on black, its how they were raised. They should be locked up and the key thrown away.Watch all the news sites and most of the crimes are blacks, they are thieves, they are murderers, they are a menace to society, they don't want to work and want all the government benefits. How many times have you gone to the courthouse for something and you see the fat lazy blacks barely moving, sitting behind a glass window eating,increasing the fat on their azz, put chains on them and put them back in the fields! Sad,but true! Cut welfare and they wont be buying crack and dope with their welfare checks!Oh yea they also will not be at the Coach Purse Store buying a new purse!

Truthseeker - 5/29/2013 4:37 AM
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I still don't understand why there are so many blacks in jail as compared to whites. Let me watch the video one more time. Wait a minute, I think it is starting to sink in!!!

Patriot88 - 5/28/2013 8:45 PM
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A few cockroaches ruin it for everybody.

tlynn - 5/28/2013 8:03 PM
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Wait a minuteā€¦.They had enough officers but they don't know who's responsible for the fight/riot???? Was no one arrested??? What about the poor soul that looked like he was being beat within an inch of his life?? What is his condition? Did he get transported to the hospital? Or did he get up and walk away!?!? That looked doubtful!!! Is there no more info? Are there no investigative reporters here????
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