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Point-&-shoot: smartphones capture, share fight videos

Posted: Sep 14, 2018 3:41 PM +10:00 Updated:

Fight videos going viral - a string of them have circulated and as we reported one of those recordings has since led to the arrest of four people including a teen. And now, the top brass of the police department responds to the incidents caught on camera.

People around the community this week had their smartphones at the ready, capturing violent images occurring in the days following the storm. GPD Chief of Police JI Cruz speaks with KUAM about the issue that's been blasted on social media, saying, "These are isolated incidents as I understand it. This is definitely not a storm related matter with regards to the issues and violence we are seeing but we are dealing with it accordingly."

As we reported, a video filmed on Amantes street in Dededo led to four people being arrested. Another one surfaced of a fight at the Agana Shopping Center. The chief continued, "The investigators have some very solid leads with regard to that video and they continue to work that case to hold those accountable, as well."

Overnight, another video also forwarded on group chats and posted elsewhere online. Cruz confirming Dededo precinct officers responded, saying, "They have taken a complaint and conducting a follow up investigation."

Each case and recording as they come in the chief says is thoroughly investigated. But, he does caution one thing: "The public has a tendency to catch it on film and then report it to police as a second or third thought. We would ask please call 911 and contact GPD because a lot of times police are coming out there and the people have disbursed."

Though the recordings become helpful evidence for investigators, Cruz says safety is most important especially for the victims involved and those behind the camera.

Meantime, GPD's Crime Suppression Task Force is also working to curb the crime reports, as officers continue storm recovery efforts.

Chief Cruz met with the administration today to discuss the ongoing crimes involving our island's youth seen in these violent videos. They plan to step up police patrol...Governor Calvo called this type of behavior disruptive and unnecessary. He said they also plan to hold parents responsible for failing to take control of their children.

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