Police respond to disturbance involving around 300 teenagers in downtown Winston-Salem, 2 arrested
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Around 300 teenagers were involved in a disturbance in downtown Winston-Salem on Friday night that ended with police officers pepper-spraying several teens and arresting two of them.
Briyonna Champayne Gambrell, 16, and Shaquan Mizell, 19, both of Winston-Salem, have been charged with resist/delay and obstructing an officer.
The incident started around 8 p.m. A large group of teens had gathered in the parking lot of First Presbyterian Church off Cherry and Marshall streets, witnesses said.
The group then moved to Third Street, near the U.S. Post Office on Town Run Lane and some of the teen starting running back toward Fourth and Marshall streets.
At some point, a fight broke out between two groups, witnesses said. No injuries were reported.
Some of the teens, all of whom declined to give their names, said officers pepper-sprayed several teens in an effort to end the melee.
About 200 teens eventually gathered in Winston Square Park on Marshall Street.
At least 30 police officers were at the park and 10 police cars were parked along Marshall Street.
After the melee ended, many teens gathered in small groups in the park. The officers remained at the park and monitored the teens.
The disturbance occurred on the last day of classes in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools. Groups of teens typically come downtown on Friday and Saturday nights during the summer months. In the past, owners of some downtown businesses complained about the teens and city began offering alternative entertainment for them on Friday nights at recreation centers. That program, called The Mix, ended at least two years ago.
Officer T.R. Albert accused Mizell of fighting in public and running away from him as Albert was breaking up the fight, the warrant said.
Mizell was being held Friday night in the Forsyth County Jail with his bond set at $1,000, court records show.
He is scheduled to appear in court July 25.