Fight in Western Heights community is caught on tape and posted to YouTube
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- A video of two women fighting in the Western Heights Community has many in the neighborhood wondering if police can use the video as evidence.
Several people stood by and watched. Some of them even picked up their phones. But instead of calling for help, they hit record.
A chick fight caught on camera is something many who live in the area said is an ongoing issue.
"You got prostitution. You got drug addicts. You got people that fight. It's awful," said Linda Hunt.
People said they're afraid of getting caught in the crossfire.
"I know the elderly are having problems with the guns and no problem solving," said Pamela Smith.
"Kids can't even play. They just want to pull out guns and start fighting," said Lida Auchurd.
So, why can't police use the video as evidence? The names are on YouTube as well as the name of the person who posted it.
Well, as far as police are concerned, it's not a crime. Officers said unless someone is badly injured and can't speak for themselves, they can't intervene. And without someone to testify, there's no case.
As for the people who see the violence in their back yards, they believe it will never die.
To comment, the following rules must be followed:
Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.
Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Links require admin approval before posting.
Questions may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please provide detailed information.