Tension between members of a downtown crowd and Anchorage Police officers resulted in one person being tased and four arrests early Sunday morning.
“At around 3 a.m. outside the Brown Bag Sandwich Co. on 535 W 3rd Avenue, there was a disturbance that police responded to in which there were altercations breaking out in a large crowd. Police blocked off 3rd and E Street and moved people back, giving several orders to disperse. Some slowly dispersed but several crowd members would not leave the area. As the situation progressed, some people in the crowd became aggressive towards our officers and others were actively encouraging this aggressive behavior from the crowd,” APD spokesperson Kendra Doshier wrote in an email to KTVA Sunday.
Roughly a dozen officers who appeared to be carrying batons formed what downtown resident and business owner Russ Reno referred to as a “riot line” to clear the street.