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Jul 29, 2010 8:42 PM by Zach Thaxton

Brawl Breaks Out After Co. Springs Rap Concert

Colorado Springs Police are stopping short of blaming rap music for a brawl that broke out early Thursday morning after a concert at Club Shots, 3958 North Academy Boulevard, but they say many of the concert attendees had known gang affiliation.

The fight broke out as 400 to 500 people left a concert by rap artist Dorrough let out at around 2:00 a.m. Thursday.  Many of them began fighting in the parking lot.  The violence escalated to the point that 30 police units from four different divisions were called in to quell the violence.  Four people were arrested, including a 21-year-old man who faces felony charges for punching an officer.  Police used a taser to subdue one patron and deployed pepper spray to gain control of several others.  No major injuries were reported.

Lieutenant Brian Ritz with Colorado Springs Police says members of four known gangs attended the concert.  "We anticipate generally in these rap concerts, we see a lot of gang activity or gang members showing up," Ritz said.  But he also emphasized that rap music itself is not the cause of the violence.  "I'm not going to blame rap concerts or rap for all this," Ritz said, "but I know that when we have rap concerts, or even some raves, it tends to draw a group that, for some reason, can't seem to get along."

Police say they plan to beef up their presence for next Wednesday's scheduled performance by rappers Busy Boys.  "That doesn't mean we're going to sit there and camp outside the door," Ritz said.  "We don't have the resources to do that."

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