BALTIMORE — Baltimore Police say they made six arrests after hundreds of juveniles gathered at the Inner Harbor Saturday night.
Officers received an initial call for the large group at around 6:30 p.m., followed by reports of fights breaking out.
On Twitter, Baltimore's Fraternal Order of Police Union President, Mike Mancuso called the situation dangerous for police and unaware citizens, prompting him to issue a stern warning to officers responding to the incident;
To our officers at the Harbor tonight:— Baltimore City FOP (@FOP3) May 26, 2019
Protect each other and don't fall into the trap that they are only kids. Some are criminals! Keep the current policies and Consent Decree in mind. If ordered to arrest put the name of the on-scene Commander in all reporting.
In a Facebook post, City Councilman Eric Costello said he was told by police commanders that more than 400 kids gathered at the harbor, and at least one person was assaulted. Costello also said there were several destruction of property reports, and that some of the juveniles were seen running across E. Pratt Street on top of the hoods of cars.
Police say they haven't received any reports of anyone being injured, but the arrests made were related to destruction of property and disorderly conduct.
This latest incident comes less than two months after another large group of juveniles caused a disruption at the Inner Harbor, prompting numerous 911 calls.
Baltimore City isn't the only place where large gatherings of juveniles have caused concerns. Late last month, 26 people were arrested after a fight broke out at a carnival outside Eastpoint Mall in Dundalk. A month before that, several other teens were arrested at the same location following a March Madness party.
Area malls have also taken steps to prevent juvenile disturbances. In March, White Marsh Mall and the Avenue set Friday and Saturday curfews for teens, nearly two years after Towson Town Center implemented similar policies.
Following each incident, Baltimore City and County Police have responded with increased area patrols.