Video captures NJ cops using batons, pepper spray to break up crowd

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Police officers in New Jersey used batons and pepper spray to break up a crowd during an ugly caught-on-video street brawl involving dozens of people that resulted in six arrests, according to reports. The melee in Jersey City erupted Tuesday evening near 30 Bostwick Ave., where a crowd of 20 people swelled to about 100 within minutes, Public Safety Director Jim Shea said at a press conference Wednesday, reported. The first 911 call was made at 5:16 p.m. “Within 60 seconds a second call came in for a street fight involving 50 persons, and then 40 seconds after that another call, a third call came in for a street fight now involving 100 persons,” Shea said. The six officers who arrived at the chaotic scene called for backup when a person pulled at one officer’s belt, he said.