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Details of Cleveland Heights High School fight involving hundreds emerge

Posted: 8:33 PM, Jun 07, 2019
Updated: 2019-06-07 20:33:02-04
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CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio — The details of a fight at Cleveland Heights High School involving hundreds of students have been released by the Cleveland Heights Police Department.

On May 31, officers said they attempted to break up multiple fights in a riot outside of Cleveland Heights High School, which led to several individuals being arrested and charged.

During the riot at the school, officers said they ordered a group of three teenage boys to disperse from the area. While one of the officers was approaching the group, one of the teens smacked the officer in the face with the back of his hand while stating “F*** the police.”

When the officer attempted to make an arrest, another teen grabbed the officer’s arm, twisting it and forcing the officer to release the boy who smacked him, according to police.

The teen who grabbed the arm of the officer was later detained and placed in the back of a police cruiser, where the teen proceeded to yell at the officer and repeatedly kick the door of the cruiser from the inside, police said.

Firefighters were also called to the scene to treat a person who had difficulty breathing, according to authorities.

Several other individual fights were broken up by officers during the riot, according to police reports.

A 16-year-old girl and a 16-year-old boy have been charged with aggravated riot, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct, police said.

A 14-year-old girl has been charged with aggravated riot and disorderly conduct. Another 14-year-girl is charged with aggravated riot and resisting arrest, according to police.

Officers said they arrested 27-year-old Azeria Lawshea and another 15-year-old female and charged them with aggravated riot.

Lawshea was scheduled to appear in court on Friday.

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