Fight Calls

Unfortunately (or fortunately depending on your point of view) Fight calls take place on a pretty regular basis. Its something that as an officer, you'll be sent to frequently.

Especially on Friday nights and Saturday nights. When the drunken morons leave the bars and clubs after having brewskies and shots of tequila. They gather around on street corners in an inebriated state and get into arguments until some fool throws a punch and the dogfight starts.

Obviously, Its a good idea to get to the location as quickly as possible. The sooner an officer gets there, the better the chance that it can be stopped from becoming a bigger incident. Like a stabbing, or worse.
There are times that a crowd will be gathered to watch the fight, and when you get there, sometimes they scatter like bugs. Other times, they will stick around and watch. Just be sure that you keep an eye on the crowd as well as the idiots fighting in the street.

The crowd can be just as drunk, and they could turn on you and your partner when you move in to put a stop to the brawl. Bottles could be thrown at you so be sure that you watch your surroundings.

Take a look at the video below. The officers are arresting someone at which point they get attacked by someone in the crowd. It's a good example of why you need to know your surroundings and keep your head on a swivel as best you can:

Once things are sorted out, and the punches have stopped, you'll also have to determine if the fight call is in fact an actual fight, rather than an assault and battery.

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You'll have to determine the circumstances and how the incident began. It is possible, after all, that one person actually went after the other and started wailing on the other guy who was just trying to leave or get away.

Try to find witnesses that saw the whole thing. (independent witnesses obviously. Talking to the friends of the two involved isn't the best)

There are also going to be times when you break up a fight, and the guy who lost the fight will claim that he was a victim of assault and battery. Well, getting your ass handed to you in a fight that you consensually engaged in, does not make you the victim.

You'll also get sent to a supposed fight call, arrive on scene, investigate, and discover that it's not an actual fight. It's a heated argument or dispute, but the parties consider it a fight. And believe me, people will call about the dumbest things, thinking that it is worthy of police presence.

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