Witness shares new details in downtown brawl

By: Hope Jensen Email
By: Hope Jensen Email

News 12 at 11 o'clock / Tuesday, May 7, 2013

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- We're learning more about a brawl downtown that sent at least one person to the hospital last Saturday night on Broad Street.

The fight started near the corner of 10th and Broad, quickly moving down toward the J.B. White's Building and even into the street. Click here to watch the full video of the fight.

One man who didn't want his name released witnessed it all.

"It's unbelievable," he said. "I don't know how you could do that to another human being."

He was leaving a bar when the fight broke out next to him.

"It started out with a lady saying, 'He pushed me,' and then it just became a brawl really quickly," he explained.

So he immediately called 911 while his friend captured the fight on his cellphone.

"The operator instructed me to inform her what was going on until someone arrived on scene, so I was just describing what was going on telling her we needed ambulances and thing and then there were two gunshots and that's when I decided to leave," he said.

He never saw a single deputy.

"People [were] begging them to quit hitting, quit stomping," he said. "A lot of people tried to intervene, but what can you do?"

The Richmond County Sheriff's Office says they received a call about the fight and dispatched deputies who arrived just minutes later.

"We could not find a report," said Lt. Calvin Chew. "We could find where officers were sent to a location and where they responded, but we didn't see where an actual incident report was done on it."

But he says that's not uncommon.

"I mean, it happens in certain incidents where the supervisor at the time feels it's not a necessity to do a report or what have you," Chew said.

As to whether there should have been a report made, Chew says that is up to the responding deputies.

"We leave that up to the judgment of the officers once they get there," he said. "Now, do they make the right decisions all the time? They're human and sometimes they might not, but then once it's brought to our attention, we're looking into it."

The witness says when deputies arrived, there may not have been much left to find.

"Everyone ran in every direction, there was no more fighting. It was done," he explained. "Even the people on the ground, people were dragging them off. It was cleared out as soon as there were gunshots, everyone scattered."

They say deputies got there as soon as possible and the video only lasted two and half minutes and then it cleared. The Sheriff's Office says the logs show they responded within three minutes. The ambulance was also there just five minutes after that witness says he called 911.

The Sheriff's Office is working to create an incident report from that night. They are interviewing the deputies who were on the scene and working to identify the people involved in the fight. They say they should have that done hopefully by Wednesday, but at the very least, by the end of the week.


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