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Beline Obeid

Aid goes to neighbor during fights


June 19, 2014
THE GROSSE POINTES — Public safety officers from the City of Grosse Pointe, Farms and Shores helped Harper Woods police last week stop brawling Harper Woods High School students, for whom self control isn't part of the curriculum.

Pointe officers provided reinforcement at 11:04 a.m. Thursday, June 12, as classes let out on the last day of the academic year.

Fights spread from campus into neighborhoods near the school, located off Beaconsfield behind Eastland Shopping Center.

"Several students were fighting at multiple locations," said a Farms officer.

Forces also came from St. Clair Shores and Eastpointe.

"Several fights among hundreds of students" prompted Harper Woods police to seek backup, according to Jim Burke, Harper Woods public safety director.

"We had several officers at the school prior to dismissal and our responding officers were on scene within 60 seconds," Burke posted that evening on nixle.com. "Officers were able to quickly restore order after receiving assistance from several departments."

A Farms officer arrested a 17-year-old Detroit male for disorderly conduct.

"Harper Woods officers took five adults and four juveniles into custody," Burke said.

Charges include disorderly conduct, assault and battery and resisting arrest, he said.

"The juveniles were released to their parents," Burke said. "The adults posted bond and will appear in court within two weeks."

There were no significant injuries nor gunplay, he added.

"We are working with the school administration to ensure this type of event does not occur again in our community," Burke said.

The general deployment didn't strip the Pointes of police and fire protection.

"When we have an active mutual aid event, we would not send every officer from every community," said City Chief Stephen Poloni.

"As people from Grosse Pointe Woods would move men, the Shore fills in for some of them and everybody moves down the line."

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