Police: There's a Safety Issue at Midnight Rodeo - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/15/02

Police: There's a Safety Issue at Midnight Rodeo

The past three Tuesdays at Midnight Rodeo, Lubbock Police were called out to break up fights. And early Thursday morning, someone fired off a gun outside of Midnight Rodeo. Police told the manager to control the crowds here or else Midnight Rodeo could be in trouble with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission.

Thursday morning at 2:00 a.m., Lubbock Police were called to a large fight at Midnight Rodeo. A police report said a man fired a shot toward the ground and then pointed the gun at a peace officer, and tried to pull the trigger, but a bystander stopped him. No one was seriously hurt, and the suspect was arrested on assault charges.

There was another large fight in the parking lot Tuesday night at 10:30 p.m., it was teen night at Midnight Rodeo. One witness, who does not want to be identified, said there were more than 100 African-American men standing in the parking lot, waiting for the teens to come out.

"They yelled 'get the white kids," said one witness. And then he says, the beatings started: "One person got a concussion, one got a fractured nose, one got a broken jaw," he said. A police report even said a 12-year-old girl was kicked repeatedly by three suspects. One witness said several teens were taken to local hospitals.

A Lubbock Police Sergeant said when police arrived, everyone ran, he says, Lubbock Police could not make any arrests because they did not actually see anyone being beaten at the time. A Police Lieutenant says there's been a safety issue lately at Midnight Rodeo.

The manager of Midnight Rodeo was told the next time there's a problem, Midnight Rodeo could face code violations from the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission. The manager would not speak with NewsChannel 11 either on camera or off camera. The only thing that he did say was there are no more teen nights at Midnight Rodeo.

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