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Five police agencies quell disturbance in Campbell

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CAMPBELL, Ohio - What began as a simple fight between a few teenage girls at Murray Avenue and Jean Street Wednesday night, quickly escalated when parents and other adults got involved. That's when police were called.

When officers arrived, they found between fifty and sixty people standing in the intersection either fighting, or trying to encourage those involved in the fight.

With only two officers on duty, Campbell police called for assistance to bring control to a dangerous situation that the chief says could have turned much worse.

Officers from Struthers, Coitsville, Poland and Lowellville responded to help alleviate the hostility. No one was seriously injured. Officers used pepper spray on several individuals to help defuse the situation.

"It could have gotten real ugly had a cop gotten fallen on. We may have had to resort to more force or even deadly force if a life was threatened.", said Campbell Police Chief Drew Rauzan. "My advice to all parents in this situation, if your child is around a group of people fighting, walk the other way."

The chief's advice: Don't inflame the situation by encouraging more fighting. Don't get caught up in the heat of the moment, and allow some time for cooler heads to prevail.

"There's a time and place to talk to cops to file charges and to right the wrongs of whatever you think is occurring. It's not going in the middle of sixty people and start screaming and yelling and pulling people's hair.", said Rauzan.

Several people were arrested and charged with fighting with police officers, disorderly conduct and obstructing official business
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