Over one dozen people have now been charged after a series of fights surrounding one neighborhood in Iowa City. Iowa City Police responded to a large fight involving some 60 people at a Mother’s Day barbecue that initial reports said might involve guns and knives.
Police did not find any guns or knives, but determined some people had been armed with baseball bats and pieces of lumber. The fight apparently broke out during a football game being played at the barbecue and one person ended up requiring stitches for a split lip. Two people was arrested shortly after the May 10th fight, and five more were charged as the investigation continued.
Police then responded to what was described as a retaliatory fight on May 12th and six juveniles were charged with rioting. Police say the problems continued on Wednesday when a fight broke out at City High school that was sparked by the original May 10th fight. One girl was arrested at the high school and charged with assault causing injury and another was charged with disorderly conduct.
So far the fights have led to just a few minor injuries.