Police Contemplating Crimes At Summer Events

July 23, 2010 Updated Jul 23, 2010 at 11:34 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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July 23, 2010 Updated Jul 23, 2010 at 11:34 PM EDT


Just last night chaos and commotion near the Chippewa Strip broke out after unruly crowds leaving Thursday at the Square headed downtown. Police arrested six people for fighting and disturbing the peace.

A similar story happened at the Canal Festival this week in Tonawanda, but with more serious consequences. A 16-year old boy was stabbed in the head after a fight broke out between two groups.

"It was right in front of us and it was horrible. We have little kids and it was so dramatic to see such kids acting inappropriately in a city with so many little children trying to watch a parade," said Christine Miles, a Tonawanda resident.

Police say there is one common thread in all the incidents.

"Police are seeing young teenagers coming down to these events just to congregate. They have no intention on going to the event itself. So I think that that is the one similarity," said Mike DeGeorge, spokesperson for the Buffalo Police Department.

Another similarity between the events are the large crowds. The Molson Canal Concert Series in Lockport draws in up to 30,000 people. Police say while they have adequate patrols on the ground, they are relying more and more on their eyes in the air.

"We have a lot of eyes in the sky here, we also have a sheriffs helicopter here that periodically circles around and we do all of that to keep everyone here safe, to make sure everyone feels safe," said Kathy Paradowski, spokesperson for the concert series.