A troubling incident occurred on Friday in Charlotte, N.C., when the entire family of a high school basketball player assaulted an on-duty school police officer in the middle of the player's game. While the officer in question avoided serious injury in the brawl, the father who incited the brawl has been arrested, and reports have claimed that more arrests could be forthcoming.
According to WCNC News Charlotte, the fight started when the officer asked the sister of a Butler (N.C.) High player to move from the East Mecklensburg (N.C.) High side of the East Meck gym to the Butler side. Separating sets of fans in different bleachers is a fairly common and accepted practice at high school sports events, so the officer's request wasn't exactly out of the blue.
Yet, when he saw his daughter being told to switch sides of the gym, Ernest Owens grew enraged, launching into a loud argument with the officer, and then attacking him. Upon seeing the start of the fight, the daughter who had been asked to move and her mother also attacked the officer, though neither was later arrested.
The officer was hit in the head multiple times during the attack, which Owens has since apologized for in an interview with WCNC. He claims that his daughter had been given permission to visit friends and coaches on the East Meck side, and that he went over to the officer to find out why she had been turned back.
Instead of a civilized conversation, the two quickly devolved into the fight you see above, one which could lead to a significant fine and assault record against Owens and discipline against his daughter.