INDEPENDENCE, Mo. -- Police from Independence and Kansas City, Mo. were among multiple agencies that responded to fights at the Independence Center on Friday night. The exact number and nature of the fights aren't known, but it was a chaotic scene at the busy mall.
Ref: Indep Center. A large group of unruly youths were in and around area. They are dispersing. Please stay clear of area for now.
— Independence Police (@ipdinfo) December 27, 2014
Police said the incident started inside the mall and then eventually moved outside.
“The concern apparently was from individuals inside the mall there might be a problem, but as we were getting here, they spilled outside and that’s when they started fighting among themselves,” Independence Police Public Information Officer Tom Gentry said.
Facebook page IndepMo.Com posted video to its page shortly before 9 p.m. showing many police cars at the scene.
One person interviewed by FOX 4 said the fights may have been related to the protests in Ferguson, but Ofc. Gentry did not confirm the validity of that person's account.
“If he heard it, it was not reported to me. I know the officers are still trying to piece things together to see what happened," he said. "Individuals may say something, someone else may be talking about a different incident, others just want to have excitement.”
In the immediate aftermath of the fighting there were many road closures along 39th Street, but those roads have since reopened. Ofc. Gentry said officers were still gathering evidence, but reported no arrests, no injuries and no property damage as of Friday night. Ofc. Gentry also said there will be a police presence at the mall on Saturday.