Facebook blamed for rash of Beale Street fights - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Facebook blamed for rash of Beale Street fights

(WMC-TV) - Several arrests were made Tuesday night as a Beale Street brawl spread throughout the downtown area.

It was a wild night in downtown Memphis as fights broke out in the Beale and Main Street areas.

Teenagers sat on the sidewalk as they were detained by police.

Witnesses said that children were walking by and hitting random people.

"My son and his daughter's mother and my niece and her boyfriend… a group of kids jumped on them tonight," said one woman. "Now they got them in the police car doing a line up on the guys that jumped them."

Some teenagers said that word spread on Facebook to meet downtown on the spring break.

"It's gang members," said Rachel Jackson. "That's what it is - gang members doing it."

Fights broke out sporadically as police worked to contain the situation and find the people responsible.

However, it wasn't easy because there of the number of teens downtown.

Police did take some teenagers into custody, but at this point, it's not clear how many.

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