Police arrest seven people in Buffalo mall brawl caught on video


BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) When a brawl broke out at a local mall, a man said he pulled out his phone and started recording it.

The video captured the fight at the Walden Galleria Mall, in Cheektowaga, according to the man who took it. That fight brought Cheektowaga police and first responders.

Police say seven people were arrested. Most of them were held overnight and should be arraigned after 9 a.m. Thursday.

Billy Ali says he was working when the fights broke out and what came next, he didn’t quite believe. The fight originally broke out in front of Dick’s Sporting Goods, but violence really perpetuated inside the Park Avenue Coat Company.

Ali explained, “What they were yelling was, ‘they killed my brother, they killed my brother,’ so I’m assuming that one of them killed somebody and never got charged or arrested, because no one snitched to the cops on who did it. So I guess they found him in the mall and that’s when it all blew down.”

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“Honestly what was going through my head was this is what Buffalo has gotten to,” Ali said. “This isn’t the first time this happened at the Galleria Mall, so we’ve kind of gotten used to it by now.”

Ali says he even saw one man taken away on a stretcher. Cheektowaga police say a man was treated with stitches after he sustained lacerations on his head.

You can watch the full, uncut video below, or for smartphone users, click here. WARNING: there is profanity throughout the video.

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