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The Latest: 8 detailed in fight after MLK Vegas parade

January 16, 2018

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on the Martin Luther King Jr. parade in Las Vegas (all times local):

6:10 p.m.

At least eight suspects were detained in Las Vegas after a fight involving dozens of people broke out downtown following the 36th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade.

Police said they had the situation under control shortly after a series of altercations in downtown Las Vegas about 4 p.m. Monday.

The Las Vegas Sun reported no arrests had been made and no major injuries were reported but medical personnel were requested for one man who was apparently punched in the lip.

It’s not clear what started the fight.

Police Lt. Grant Rogers told KVVU-TV police received at least three calls from witnesses reporting fights had broken out after the parade on 3rd Street and Fremont Street.

1:32 p.m.

Thousands of people took to the streets of downtown Las Vegas to help celebrate the city’s 36th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Parade.

Labor unions had their usual big presence Monday at this year’s parade with the theme, “Living the Dream: Building a Bridge to Unity.”

Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman says they’re celebrating “one of the most magnificent human beings ever.”

Police blocked off more than a dozen city blocks stretching from Charleston Boulevard to north of Fremont Street. A smaller event was planned in Reno.

Monday would have been King’s 89th birthday. It comes ahead of the 50th anniversary of his assassination in Memphis, Tennessee on April 4, 1968.

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