A naked man beating on cars with his fists was the subject of a 9-1-1 call on Sunday afternoon that brought police to a residential area near downtown Des Moines. When the first officers arrived, a large scuffle was underway involving perhaps 40 people. The naked man, identified as 32-year-old Lindsay Harris, allegedly rushed at officers.
One used a Tazer to subdue Harris, but officers say they were threatened by others, so backup was called, and at least 20 police officers quickly responded, some of whom used mace to contain the crowd. Three people were arrested, including Harris.
It was similar to another street fight in a nearby Des Moines neighborhood July 4th that involved nearly a hundred people after two women were run over and killed by an SUV. A Chicago man is charged in their murders. In that case, too, police had to call for reinforcements because of the unruly crowd.