LPD looking for witnesses to Fayette Mall altercation


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Lexington Police Department is asking anyone who witnessed an altercation Saturday at Fayette Mall between a teenager and two officers to come forward.

It happened around 8:45 p.m. February 2 near the H&M store at Fayette Mall.

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Police say two officers working an off-duty assignment were asked by mall security to investigate a group of teenagers who had been acting disorderly in several stores.

The officers detained the group and say one of the teens wouldn’t follow the officers’ orders.

Police say a physical altercation broke out between the 16-year-old and the officers and the teen hit one of the officers in the face.

Punches were exchanged while both were on the ground, according to police, and a second officer helped handcuff the teen.

The teen is charged with assault, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, and criminal mischief.

Almost immediately after the incident happened, police say video of a limited part of the altercation was posted to social media but police say it does not include the entirety of what happened.

Because one of the officers involved in the incident works in a primarily administrative role, police say he was not assigned a body-worn camera.

The other officer did have a body-worn camera, but police say it did not record. The department says it is trying to determine why the camera did not record.

The department is reviewing what happened and is encouraging anyone else who may have witnessed the incident, has video or pictures from the scene, or has other pertinent information, to contact the Lexington Police Department by calling (859)258-3600.