Rev. Harrison Suggests New Rules For Circle Centre Mall After Friday's Brawl

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Rev. Harrison Suggests New Rules For Circle Centre Mall After Friday's Brawl

The Indy Ten Point leader says the mall should ban teenagers from the mall after 5 p.m. if they do not have an adult with them.

INDIANAPOLIS -- In light of a brawl that happened among teenagers and a few adults at Circle Centre Mall in downtown Indianapolis Friday night, the leader of the Indy Ten Point Coalition thinks the mall should enact some new rules.

Rev. Charles Harrison said unruly behavior by the city's youth at the mall is not an uncommon occurrence.

"It has been a problem for the last 20 years," Harrison told Hammer and Nigel on 93 WIBC. "One of the suggestions leaders like myself have made to the mall is what they are doing in Minnesota ... the Mall of America."

The rule Harrison refers to is that after 5:00 p.m. anyone under the age of 18 is not allowed inside the mall without an adult escorting them. 

"I think it's time we give this some serious consideration," Harrison added. "I know most of the youth that come downtown are well behaved, but we continue to have those who come downtown who are not well behaved."

The brawl at Circle Centre happened Friday evening as many people were at the mall for Black Friday shopping. Several police officers had to be called to break up the massive fight and a 14-year-old girl was arrested. Another 18-year-old man was arrested as well. 

"We cannot continue to have young people come downtown, behave in that type of manner, and for us to just be okay with it," said Harrison.

The mall has not said anything about if it will change its policy about young people coming in unsupervised.

(PHOTO: WIBC)

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