The ongoing saga of LPD's proposal to light up two CCTV cameras in the public right of way near 14th and O Street was back in the news this week. The police would like cameras here to both deter illegal behavior and to aid in the investigation of crimes that occur within their viewshed on the public streets and sidewalks. This is a logical spot, because of the frequency of such crimes as assault in the area--primarily during the late night and early morning hours when the bar scene is booming.
One of the opponents to these cameras has asserted that many of these assaults were mere scuffles between college students. Well, in a sense he's right: most of the assaults are misdemeanors, although nowhere close to half of these actually involve college students, and I would hardly call these mere scuffles. There are a lot of trips to the hospital involved, many injuries, and I don't think the shoving contests and chest-bumping confrontations are typically reported to the police.
Among the 103 assaults this year that have resulted in an official police report and occurred within a block and a half of the camera location are 25 felony assaults. These one-liners provide a glimpse of what some of the "scuffles" were like:
B3-015567 UNK PUNCHED V IN HEAD / LACERATION / REQUIRED MEDICAL GLUE
B3-013859 UNKNOWN PR PUNCHED V CAUSING INJ REQUIRING STITCHES
B3-025969 ASSAULTED BY UNK DOWNTOWN / MRI SHOWED BRAIN BLEED
B3-028530 UNKN MALES STRUCK V IN FACE WITH FISTS / BROKEN NOSE
B3-036926 KNOWN PR HAD KNIFE DURING BAR FIGHT
B3-047357 HIT V CAUSING UNCONSCIOUSNESS AND FRACTURED NOSE
B3-037339 KNOWN PR STRUCK VIC IN FACE / FELL TO GROUND / STAPLES REQUIRED
B3-040203 UNK PR PULLED OUT GUN IN STORE
B3-052590 UNK MALE KICKED V IN HEAD / GASH TO HEAD REQUIRING 5 STITCHES
B3-074883 KNOWN CUT V ON RIGHT FOREARM WITH A KNIFE
B3-083255 PUNCHED TO FACE/HEAD / BROKEN CHEEK BONE / OTH INJ
B3-090864 V UNCONSCIOUS AFTER UNK STRUCK HIM IN FACE