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Cleveland Flats East Bank violence has some concerned about safety and security

Posted: 11:36 PM, Jun 11, 2018
Updated: 2018-06-12 06:56:25-04
CLE East Bank violence sparks safety concerns
CLE East Bank violence sparks safety concerns
CLE East Bank violence sparks safety concerns
CLE East Bank violence sparks safety concerns

A fight and violence on Cleveland's East Bank of the Flats have some concerned about safety along the prominent business district.

The fight was captured on camera in the early morning hours of June 3, and took place on Old River Road, just outside East End Restaurant.

More than a dozen people could be seen participating in the violence, as police stepped in to break-up the incident.

Kiara Haynes told News 5 she believes she, her two sisters, and her friend were the victims of an unprovoked attack by men and women they don't know.

Haynes said she suffered a concussion, and her sister sustained visible injuries to her head and shoulder.

Haynes said they had to be treated at the Metro Health Medical Center emergency room.

"We were attacked from the top of the street, all the way down the street," said Haynes.

"We didn't argue with these girls, it was nothing.  We constantly said we didn't want to fight."

Anissa Black told News 5 the alleged attack on her daughters could have been prevented or stopped sooner with better security along the East Bank of the Flats.

Black said while police stepped in to stop the violence, and later took a report, she was disappointed no one was arrested at the scene.

"To be kicked, beaten and bricked, and people dancing with bricks and hitting your kids,"  said Black.

"I feel like the owners of the clubs that are down in the Flats, they have to do better with the security."

News 5 contacted East End Restaurant ownership about the incident, and it said it believes there is an excellent police presence on the East Bank.

It said it would be willing to meet with other East Bank business owners to discuss a comprehensive security plan.

So far, police have not made any arrests in the case.

Black said more must be done, especially as East Bank establishments close during the early morning hours.

"It's just not right that violence of this magnitude can go on," said Black.

"The East Bank has to be made safer for everyone."