Increased security, protest at Triangle Town Ctr.

August 2, 2008 8:48:12 AM PDT
Shoppers at Triangle Town Center can expect increased police presence this weekend. It comes after a huge brawl last weekend where police say nearly 300 people were involved. The gang related brawl, according to police, got way out of hand and pulled hundreds of shoppers into the mix.

By the end of the fight, which was captured on YouTube, a Raleigh Police officer was stabbed and 9 teens are facing charges. Tonya Walker says she doesn't want her children to hang out at the mall. "I'm afraid for my kids to go because you don't know who's in a gang or what kind of trouble they could get into so it really bothers me."

Raleigh Police Chief Harry Dolan says security at Triangle Town Center is now a top priority. "We're going to do some increased security for this weekend, short term we're going to take steps and we're going to work closely with them to take some long term steps."

Mall management tells Eyewitness News those long term steps could mean a curfew or an escort policy for younger teens. Tonya Walker supports the idea of a curfew saying it may be the safest bet for any mall these days.

"It's sad because when we were younger we could go to the mall and hang out, that was the thing to do - but now it's worse," Walker said.

Along with increased security, there will be a protest at Triangle Town Center on Saturday.

A group known as Move The Picture is calling for a boycott of the Abercrombie and Fitch store. The group wants the mall to have Abercrombie & Fitch move a 10x10 picture of a man they say is offense to children and families. Both Abercrombie & Fitch and Mall Management have refused to move the picture.

Click here to sign the petition protesting the picture. Or log onto www.movethepicture.com.


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