Fight breaks out at MLK parade


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Reported by: MirandaChristian
Updated: 1/18/2012 4:41 pm Published: 1/16/2012 1:32 pm


Law enforcement officials used horses to try and contain the crowd after the Martin Luther King Jr. parade in downtown Tulsa.

The parade started at 11 on Monday morning and went through the Greenwood district of downtown.

In the video, the crowd runs from the horses, then police lead 18-year-old, Marquis Jones and 19-year-old, Edward Boyd through the crowd in handcuffs.

Authorities said animal control told Jones he couldn't have his pit bull at the parade. They said he refused to listen, and minutes later chaos broke out. Deputies on horses charged into a crowd. Some folks trapped were between guard rails.

"The fools from the Sheriff's Department came running down with horses,” said witness P.J. Slusher. “Running everybody into the fence with kids out here."

"That was uncalled for, for law enforcement of Tulsa," said witness Scott Gordon.

Deputies said they did the best they could. Coy Jenkins has worked Tulsa County for more than a decade.

"We're law enforcement, and it’s our responsibility to keep this a peaceful holiday,” said Jenkins. “A lot of time people don't want that to happen."

Before getting lead away in cuffs, Jones’ dog ended up in a fight with another dog. They just happened to be too close to each other. Even TPD’s gang unit intervened.

Deputies said when they tried to break it up, some in the crowd refused to move. Deputies and officers felt threatened.

"We got away just in time when the horses came by my kids," said witness Tanisha Hughes.

All of this happened on a day set aside to honor a man who stood for non-violence and peace.

Jones was arrested for possession of marijuana, and obstruction. Boyd is accused of resisting officers. One of the Sheriff's Department's horses was injured, although it's unclear how badly. A woman in the crowd reportedly suffered an anxiety attack.

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sarabiasadie - 1/18/2012 5:47 PM
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Did I really get called sweety? Which would be spelled SWEETIE and boo! Wow listen here JARHEAD is it? I am a college student getting my bachelors as a matter of fact so really in a story about a DOG FIGHT where I simply feel strongly about a misunderstood breed of dog you are gonna say that I have the writing level of a 4th or 6th grader well which one is it. Actually if you ever took a college course in your life its called COMPOSITION so maybe you should consider taking a class or two and ROYAL maybe you should take a spelling class, and then maybe you should consider the face that if i wanna stand up for the dog in the story I will. If it was a black and a white person fighting and they only mentioned the black person I'm pretty sure a lot of people would be pissed and people who are lovers of the pit bull breed do get pissed when the breed is put down.

Unwashed Mass - 1/18/2012 10:58 AM
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The fight was between two dogs. Lots of over-reaction, especially by authorities.

Cadamy - 1/18/2012 10:26 AM
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My family and I enjoyed our first Tulsa MLK parade this year, having recently relocated from OKC. I was impressed by the strength of the parade, the incredible attendance, and the friendliness and cordiality of everyone around us watching the parade. I'm frustrated that Fox 23 chose this story to cover - not any of the many positive aspects of the event. We'll be back next year to support our community and the efforts of Dr. King.

watchdog11 - 1/17/2012 11:39 PM
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Get over it folks, more than 3 black folks can't get together without having an "N" moment.

berryred21 - 1/17/2012 9:26 PM
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i was also at the parade and witness the whole thing and it was definately a race issue the boy's dog was not vicious he had complete control over the dog until they interfered and there were several other people there with dogs of the same breed and size and these people they felt so threatened by were parents and children watching the parade and yes it was crowded because its a parade thats how its supposed to be i just believe that if this was a white event that sherrifs would feel the need to trample children and parents over an 18 year old boy and his non violent dog who are not in the least bit way posing a threat to anyone. oh yes and who also offered to leave and take his dog home before he was thrown to the ground and had the dog literally ripped away from him

RoyalQ87 - 1/17/2012 2:10 PM
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Sara...what is it to you what my IQ is? If I offended you I do apologize but, as I said before, the main purpose was not about some damn dogs! Read between the lines, sweety. People need to learn how to stand for something and STOP STANDING FOR NOTHING AND BLAMING OTHERS FOR THEIR MISHAPS! And I don't ask for an opinion, I just give it. Who are you to criticize how I feel about something?! Don't judge me boo...

RoyalQ87 - 1/17/2012 1:38 PM
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FYI, they are hooligans if they can't listen to what is being told to them by higher authority. The fact that they had their dogs there was nonsense. Why would you bring your dog to an MLK Parade(if your not blind)?! Some people just want to be seen and stay in the spotlight. It has NOTHING to do with the damn dogs! It is about careless people. Did anyone know the real purpose of the parade to begin with?! This man (MLK) fought for OUR rights. Come on now. There's a time and place for everything. I do feel for the parents and children that were there. If it was me and mines down there I would have been pissed! People came out to have a good time and that is not what happened.

jarhead40 - 1/17/2012 1:15 PM
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Ali123, read..."Deputies said when they tried to break it up, some in the crowd refused to move. Deputies and officers felt threatened." That is why the horses were used. That is the intended use and purpose for the horses. Yes, it may have been scary but there was little possibility of anyone being injured by the horses. They are very welled trained. Sarabiasadie, Questioning someone's IQ as you post in a writing level of 4th to 6th grade probably doesn't carry much water!

sarabiasadie - 1/17/2012 12:26 PM
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royaliq87 what is your iq who cares what dog it was I care because thats what's the story is about have you read the article?! Maybe you should read it again, and the parade was about a man who believed in equal rights, ring a bell people cherish their dogs it was a parade if they wanted their dogs at the parade on a street that should be okay

Ali 123 - 1/17/2012 10:53 AM
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I witness this whole thing,no one that was Human was fighting it was the Dogs that was fighting . .Some people had their back's turned watching the parade and the police ran their horses into them,they wasn't acting like hooligans,these was Mothers and Fathers with their children .,let's face it Tulsa is a very racist place .
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