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Police utilizing video surveillance in weekend brawl investigation

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (KWWL) – While the Cedar Falls Police Department hasn’t announced any arrests, they say they’re reviewing a number of videos from over the weekend as they investigate a brawl on College Hill.

“Once we’ve identified some of these individuals, we’ll be either calling them in in order to be charged or getting warrants for them,” said Public Safety Director Jeff Olson.

Director Olson says police broke up two fights Saturday night only blocks apart.

“Usually when the police arrive on scene, people scatter and that’s what happened with this fight,” said Director Olson.

Following a shooting on the hill on New Years, the city met with business leaders to see how they could prevent incidents like this.

“It’s kind of a partnership between the private and the city,” said Kathryn Sogard, the Executive Director of College Hill Partnership, a group that represents the business district.

After that January meeting, Sogard was happy with improvements to cameras and lighting made in the area but also the relationships that were built.

“They were able to meet those police officers and supervisors on that shift. So, if something happened on the hill or looked like it might be happening, they know who to contact. Both the police and the business owners would have that relationship. They would know who to go,” said Sogard.

Director Olson said more than likely those involved will be charged with disorderly conduct, which is a simple misdemeanor. Those charged could face a fine as little as $65 or as much as $625.
The court could also order up to 30 days in jail.

Taylor Vessel

Multimedia Reporter

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