LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Las Vegas police are investigating a fight along Fremont Street which left one officer injured, and lead to multiple arrests Monday afternoon.
Witnesses tell 13 Action News the chaos erupted in just seconds, many running behind store doors to stay safe.
“It was just kids fighting with cops,” says one witness.
Cell phone videos show fists flying, police officers rushing in and multiple people being handcuffed.
People walking by, including street vendors like Alicia took shelter inside stores.
“I was just afraid that something, or someone was going to bring a gun and start going crazy, that was my biggest fear.”
A Las Vegas police officer on horseback was also injured.
Happening downtown beforehand was a parade celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., bringing out hundreds of people.
“The parade was literally on 4th Street, not that far from here,” says Alicia.
This is the second year in a row a fight has erupted in the same area and on the same day.
“What can begin as a very minor incident and become something that is much more.”
13 Action News Crime and Safety Expert and retired police officer Lt. Randy Sutton says any large area with a lot of people can become a place for violence.
He says those doing right should always know what to do if something were to happen.
“There’s so much at play here, it comes down to being aware of your surroundings and developing a plan prior to something taking place," says Sutton
While police could not confirm if the brawl involved those who attended the parade, Randy and Alicia agree that Martin Luther King Jr. Day is about keeping the memory alive- a day that should be met with love and not hate, and certainly not violence.
“It’s a day that should be celebrate and thank for someone who actually fought for people of color.”