Concert turns violent as thugs pound each other

By Tim Sakahara - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A reggae star thrills the crowd at Aloha Tower but the concert is cut short by violence. Tonight we see the ugly brawl that spilled into the street young men knocked unconscious as bystanders beg the attackers to stop.

By all accounts last night's fight was fueled by alcohol and testosterone. People at the concert say it was a fighting frenzy. The Waterfront and Aloha Tower each have their own security but judging from the video there wasn't enough people there to keep the peace.

Many of reggae singer Tarrus Riley's songs talk about love and beauty but that's certainly not what fans displayed at his concert last night at The Waterfront located at Aloha Tower Marketplace.

About an hour into the show they pulled the plug because of fights inside. It got much worse when the crowd of about 3,000 people spilled outside and guys took cheap shots at each other. The worst was when one guy kicks another man in the head while he's defenseless on the ground.

Other fights start breaking out everywhere with people getting dropped left and right. The video shows another man who is knocked out cold and people continue to fight over him as he lay motionless on the ground.

Security was there but unable to gain control. The video went on for three and a half minutes without any police involvement.

When officers did arrive an unknown time later, three people were arrested for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

Paramedics also treated some of the wounded. Three men were taken via ambulance to the hospital. An 18 year old was in serious condition.

The management for both The Waterfront and Aloha Tower Marketplace refused to comment and would not say if they will boost security for future concerts.

People commenting online called the whole thing pathetic and shameful saying it gives Hawaii a bad name.

Tarrus Riley plays in Lahaina tonight and Kona tomorrow. Maui will have 10 police officers plus security at tonight's show. That is more than normal.

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