Big Gym Fight Has Police Hoping LA Fitness Beefs Up Security
by Kate Raddatz
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – While getting to the gym can be a challenge in itself this winter, members of the LA Fitness in Roseville have had more serious problems to deal with.
On Sunday, city police responded to a call involving 10-15 people fighting at the gym’s Cleveland Avenue location. It started all on the basketball court over a call and escalated, moving into the main fitness area.
“People were actually throwing two and a half, five, 10 pound weights within the building,” said Police Lt. Lorne Rosand.
This recent fight is just part of a bigger problem. Police say the gym has been plagued with crime in recent years.
Roseville police responded to 147 incidents there in 2013. They’ve already had 24 incident this year.
“It’s gotten to the point that [the gym] is bordering on a public nuisance,” Rosand said.
Police are frustrated with that LA Fitness as their requests to put in security cameras or have guards on site have all been denied. WCCO-TV reached out to that LA Fitness, but the gym had no comment.
“They don’t want to take any proactive measures to prevent theft in the parking lot or inside,” Rosand said.
Still, police are hoping some good will come out of the latest situation.
“I wouldn’t hope they would close,” Rosand said. “I just hope they step up like any business in the community.”
Police arrested three adults and three juveniles after Sunday’s brawl. The three adult suspects face charges of disorderly conduct and participation in a riot. One of them was taken to the Hennepin County Medical Center for a concussion, but he was released.
No one else was hurt.
When I saw this story, my mind leaped to conclusions about what segment of society would be involved… and what color their skin would be. My heart caught my thoughts, and condemned me for it (rightly). I am NOT a racist, but my prejudice was sadly confirmed once again.
While we have men like Dr. Ben Carson and Allen West, setting an example for all of us, showing the courage and integrity we all need to live up to, we also have this other group, who can be counted on to do the devil’s work.
I stand justified in my prejudice, and condemned for it. Next time Al Sharpton grandstands about the disproportionate percentage of young black men in prison, I will deliberately turn a deaf ear.
But let us never forget, it was a white man who did this to black America. President Johnson (a likely conspirator in the murder of President Kennedy) set up a program called, “The Great Society.” This piece of legislation set up the Welfare system we know today, and led to the destruction of the black family, by creating a financial incentive for removing the fathers from the homes of their women and children. Young men growing up without the advice and presence of a father have a much higher likelihood of becoming violent criminals. How? The only people advising them what to do with their anger are people of their own age, and equally lacking in wisdom.
Yes, white Democrats did this to us.
Black America, you can indeed blame a white guy, a big, fat, corrupt, cynical, racist, pasty white, Democrat, named Lyndon Baines Johnson.
~ Trail Dust