Eight Arrested at Shaker Heights 4th of July Fireworks Celebration
Arrests of six adults and two youths were for fighting, police chief says.
Shaker Heights police arrested eight people for disorderly conduct Wednesday during the city's 4th of July fireworks celebration, Police Chief D. Scott Lee said.
Arrested were six adults and two juveniles, accused of engaging in several fights while community members watched the fireworks display.
None of those arrested were Shaker residents, Lee said. While police received reports that shots were fired, Lee said, "we did not find any evidence of shots being fired nor did anybody report being shot at.
"I don't think there's any community that doesn't report shots being fired on the 4th of July."
Lee said the fights were contained to those involved, and no injuries were reported by bystanders. Shaker Heights police already had additional officers in the area of Shaker Middle School for the event, but called on more resources when the fights broke out. Departments from Beachwood, Cleveland and Cleveland Heights were among those that provided support.
"Unfortunately, that's what undermines these kinds of events," Lee said. "It's a shame.
"They needed to be arrested to provide safety to the rest of the community."
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