Teens, adult arrested after brawl at park
Published 3:12 pm Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Four teenagers and a 34-year-old Greenville woman have been arrested following a fight at a local park.
According to authorities, the teenagers, whose names are not being released by police, have been charged with disorderly conduct, while Tameka Hawkins, 34, of Greenville, has been charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor and endangering the welfare of a child. All four teenagers are female.
Police say the fight, which took place at Dunbar Park on April 17, was sparked by comments made on social media.
“A couple of the juveniles were upset at one another because of different comments that were made on Facebook and other social media,” said Capt. Justin Lovvorn, commander of the Greenville Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division. “They met at Dunbar Park and began to fight each other. At least four fights took place within a short amount of time.”
Lovvorn said that there were juveniles not involved in the fight that videoed the altercation and then posted the video on social media sites.
“We were able to obtain the video that had been posted online and identify the people in the videos,” he said.
According to authorities, the investigation remains open.
“There may be charges pending for those who were standing around videoing the events and inciting the fight instead of breaking it up,” said Lovvorn. “The Greenville Police Department would like everyone to know that we will not tolerate any criminal activity that is posted on social media within our jurisdiction. We have officers who will be monitoring social media sites and looking for criminal activity. Any incriminating evidence that is obtained from social media will be used in our investigation. We will investigate and arrest anyone who breaks the law and puts it on social media.”