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Police Eye Social Media in Spate of Post-Christmas Mall Dist

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Police Eye Social Media in Spate of Post-Christmas Mall Disturbances
12/27/16

Police are eyeing social media in a series of disturbances that broke out at malls in several states the day after Christmas.

A mall outside Cleveland, Ohio was placed on lockdown after a large group of juveniles caused a disturbance at around 6:30 p.m. on Monday, police said.

The incident was "loosely organized on social media," Beachwood, Ohio police said. One juvenile was arrested for disorderly conduct after officers dispersed the crowd and removed them from the Beachwood Place mall. No major injuries were reported.

   UPDATE: Beachwood mall disturbance was 'loosely organized on social media,' police say https://t.co/p9ZrXMrDMa
    News 5 Cleveland (@WEWS) December 27, 2016



Several fights broke out Monday night at the Fox Valley mall in Aurora, a suburb of Chicago, Illinois, causing police to evacuate the premises. Mall goers captured the chaotic moments on their cell phones and posted photos and videos to social media as terrified shoppers went scrambling for the exits. The problems began around 7 p.m, according to officials.

The Aurora, Illinois police department said they were called in to assist with "an unruly crowd in the common area," followed by a fight in the food court and "several other smaller altercations."

A spokesperson for the Aurora police said the department "made the immediate decision to evacuate and close the mall for the safety of all," and said that more than 1,000 patrons gathered in the common area watching the commotion. Seven juveniles were arrested after 75 officers from multiple local police agencies came in to assist.

The spokesperson said police are working to determine what caused the fights and told ABC News that they are looking into social media to see if the incident may have been planned or organized.

The Town Center mall in Aurora, Colorado, a suburb of Denver, was also closed on Monday after a series of skirmishes and a large disturbance that officials believe began on social media.

Aurora, Colorado Police said a post on social media told people there was going to be a fight at the mall. A citywide call for assistance was placed after a fight that began in the food court soon drew in more than 500 people.

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http://www.cnn.com/2016/12/27/us/...bances-after-christmas/index.html
Mall mayhem: Fights break out across the US

By Sara Sidner, Azadeh Ansari and Max Blau, CNN

Updated 8:13 PM ET, Tue December 27, 2016

(CNN)Massive brawls and food-court fights played out at more than a dozen malls across the country in what proved to be a chaotic day after Christmas.

Some of the mayhem was captured on social media. The chaos prevented some shoppers from grabbing clothes off clearance racks and returning gifts.

The mall incidents, which ranged from minor melees to mass evacuations, occurred from Colorado to Tennessee and Texas to New Jersey.

Police in some cities are investigating the role social media may have played in organizing the disturbances. The motive behind the mall brawls is not yet known.

Here's what happened at nine of those malls.

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