Springfield police investigating parking lot brawl
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) - A shocking video of a brawl in a Springfield parking lot is circulating through social media. In the video, you can see a lot of people fighting. No one has been charged.
KY3 News spoke to a man in his 20s who said he was beaten in the street.
“My nose is broken in several spots to where I gotta go see a plastic surgeon. I’ve got abrasions all over my back. Chunk of my knee missing, all bruised up,” said Dakota Boggess. “I’m pretty much lucky that’s all they did.”
Dakota Boggess claims he was in the wrong place at the wrong time at the Andy’s on S. Campbell Monday night.
“There was probably five or six of them just threw me to the ground and started beating on me,” Boggess said. “Kicking, punching, right to the face.”
Anna and Sarah Rickman where there for frozen custard and say they saw a brawl that included dozens of young men.
“Honestly, the minute that the racial slurs started being thrown around I was like, oh boy, this is definitely going to get intense,” Anna Rickman said.
The sisters said they called police when the name-calling turned to violence.
“They wouldn’t stop the fighting, it just kept going and kept going and kept going,” said Anna Rickman.
Dakota Buskirk said those fights actually started down the street in the parking lot next to Krispy Kreme. He said a group of men got angry over the Confederate flag flying off his truck.
“They were yelling at us to take it down, saying it was a symbol of racism. Nobody was being racist,” Buskirk said.
Buskirk said he had never met the young men before and refused to remove the flag.
“If you would’ve asked politely, I would’ve taken it down. That’s when it got physical,” he said. “Three of them attacked me and some of my buddies jumped in.”
Buskirk said the two groups eventually scattered, but all ended back up at Andy’s, where fights broke out again minutes later.
Boggess said he did not know the men he says attacked him. He said they also stole his wallet and cell phone.
“I mean, it was out of nowhere for no reason at all. The whole time they were beating me, they just kept saying, ‘Stay down white boy, we’re going to kill you white boy.’ They definitely came after me and was beating on me because I was white,” Boggess said.
Boggess claims he was not in the truck with the flag, and was not calling anyone names.
“No, not at all. I wasn’t near it. I’m always, I stand to the side. I don’t get involved,” Boggess said.
While the Rickman sisters admit they do not know what led up to the brawl, they knew police would have to intervene to make it stop.
“From both groups, there were slurs and there were threats,” said Anna Rickman. “I feel like I want to make it very clear that neither group was innocent.”
No one with the Springfield Police Department, including the chief, would interview with KY3 Wednesday about this story, saying it’s an open investigation.
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