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After a video showing adults fighting in front of children at Disneyland, a witness has come forward.
Jason Blair, of Texas, said he got caught up in the viral video captured inside the Southern California park, KFOX reported.
In the video, a black man in a red shirt with long hair is seen repeatedly punching women and others.
Blair said that the attacker got choked out by another parkgoer. He then woke up and wanted to fight again.
“When the man regained consciousness, he kept asking, ‘Who choked me out?’” explained Jason Blair, a high school football coach from El Paso. The man, he said, wanted to fight the person who put him in the hold that made him pass out.
Sgt. Daron Wyatt with the Anaheim Police Department told People magazine that authorities responded to the incident after the family was separated and were removed from the theme park, NY Post reported. Wyatt said everyone involved in the fight is related.
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The family, he added, is uncooperative and won’t give information about what caused the fight, People reported. No arrests were made, but Wyatt said that “technically everyone can be charged with fighting in public, which is a misdemeanor in California.”
Meanwhile, since children were present, child endangerment charges can be filed.
Blair added he was among four people who helped subdue the belligerent man after watching him hit two females.
“I didn’t understand why people were recording and not helping,” the coach said.
“Without a doubt I would do it again,” Blair told KFOX. “When something is not right, you have to jump in.”
In the interview, Blair said the man in red attacked a woman in a wheelchair before assaulting another female. He also was seen in the video fighting a male guest.
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“I’m ready to go to jail tonight,” the man in red is heard saying in the clip. The brawl took place as Disney music played and children screamed.
Liz Jaeger, a spokesperson for Disneyland, tells People magazine: “Any type of violence is inexcusable and will not be tolerated. Those involved were immediately removed from the premises and turned over to the Anaheim Police Department.”
In the comments section of the video, uploaded to YouTube (Warning: bad language and graphic violence), people were dismayed that the fight took place in front of children.
Facts About Crime in the US
Violent crime in the United States has fallen sharply over the past 25 years, according to both the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports (UCR) and the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS).
The rate of violent crimes fell by 49 percent between 1993 and 2017, according to the FBI’s UCR, which only reflects crimes reported to the police.
The violent crime rate dropped by 74 percent between 1993 and 2017, according to the BJS’s NCVS, which takes into account both crimes that have been reported to the police and those that have not.
“From 1993 to 2017, the rate of violent victimization declined 74 percent, from 79.8 to 20.6 victimizations per 1,000 persons age 12 or older,” the U.S. Department of Justice stated.
Both studies are based on data up to and including 2017, the most recent year for which complete figures are available.
The FBI recently released preliminary data for 2018. According to the Preliminary Semiannual Uniform Crime Report, January to June 2018, violent crime rates in the United States dropped by 4.3 percent compared to the same six-month period in 2017.