Police quelled a melee involving about 200 youths at an amusement park Monday night and arrested several teens.
Four officers responded to a report at 6:15 p.m. of a racially motivated fight among several youths at Castle Park.
Lt. Mark McFall said the crowd turned on the officers and a full-scale fight broke out involving parkgoers. An additional three dozen officers rushed to the scene and dispersed the crowd by 8 p.m., police said.
General manager Rolf Paegert said some of those who came to the park for a $5 unlimited ride promotion were looking for trouble. When a fight broke out, Riverside police were called in to assist, in accordance with the park's security plan.
“A small group of individuals came to the park that we normally don't have at the park and they were looking for trouble,” Paegert said. “They got into a scuffle. The Riverside Police Department responded and in the process they assaulted a police officer and that led to a much larger response as they take such things very seriously. They handled it professionally and in a timely manner and we opted to close the park at that time.”