BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — (UPDATE) - On Tuesday, the Bakersfield Police Department issued a statement concerning a confrontation between two groups that happened on Sunday. The confrontation on Panama Lane involved two groups of 10 people each.
According to the BPD, though officers did not see any "physical altercation" between the groups, "based upon numerous prior incidents, several involved persons from each group were known by name by officers." Officers could not find anyone requesting medical aid, or the person who said they were the victim of "bear spray." Officers separated the groups to prevent any escalation of violence.
Identities of those involved in the altercation have been turned over to investigations and the BPD is continuing their investigation into what happened, including the viewing of any videos shot during the incident.
"The Bakersfield Police Department understands the public’s frustration and perception of the events captured on the viral videos. We are committed to providing fair and impartial service to our community. Prior to the events captured in the video the Bakersfield Police Department has met with the various group leadership several times in an effort to avoid any violence and establish dialogue," said the statement.
Anyone with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to call the Bakersfield Police Department at (661) 327-7111.
You can read the full statement below or by visiting: 2020-11-3 Community Update-2200 Block Panama Lane
The Bakersfield Police Department is responding to a video that has been making the rounds on social media showing a confrontation between two groups.
According to police, the incident happened on Sunday, November 1. Officers were called and kept the peace separating the two groups who eventually dispersed.
BPD said it will investigate to determine what crime, if any, may have been committed. Officials said they will also review and evaluate their officer's response.
"We understand these are tense times with a lot of passion from a lot of diverse groups. Officers have had to keep the peace on several occasions over the past few weeks. We continue to ask that all members of the public behave civilly and express themselves peacefully," BPD said in a statement.
23ABC spoke to the woman who recorded the video that is circulating online, however she did not give 23ABC permission to use the video.
Anyone with additional information or videos of the incident is asked to contact the Bakersfield Police Department investigations division at 661-327-7111, or submit tips to www.p3tips.com.