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Three Arrested After Group Assaults City Cops Who Broke Up Fight

November 7, 2018

SCRANTON — A large crowd of students are accused of assaulting city police officers who broke up a fight near Scranton High School this afternoon.

Officers were not seriously injured, according to officials.

The incident unfolded around 3 p.m., when three city beat officers on bicycles discovered a fight behind a building at 3 West Olive St. After officers stopped the fight, a large group of students lingered in the area, walking in the road and blocking traffic on West Olive Street, city police Captain Dennis Lukasewicz said.

Officers told the students several times to get out of the road and onto the sidewalk, and the majority of them complied. A few continued to walk in the roadway, creating a hazard for themselves and motorists. When an officer attempted to take one of the students over to the side of the road, other members of the group grabbed the student and tried “to pull him away from the officer,” Lukasewicz said.

An altercation ensued between the three police officers and members of the group of dozens of students, Lukasewicz said. The officers were struck and kicked before bystanders and responding police intervened and caused the group to disperse, he said, noting the officers did not require medical attention.

Police arrested at least three students. They have not been identified. It’s unclear what started the original fight.

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