I couldn't find a Lockport section, and I don't really think that a lot of people here are from Lockport, but I go through there once in a while and tend to forget about that city sometimes...
Police, Rioters Clash at Lockport Park
(Lockport, NY, July 3, 2006) - - There was a wild riot in Lockport late Sunday night. The apparent clash between police and residents took place following Fourth of July celebrations at a popular park. News 4's Melissa Holmes reports.
A crowd of people and police apparently clashed after teenagers were setting off illegal fireworks.
Police officers were called to Outwater Park in Lockport at around 11:30 Sunday night.
Witnesses say things quickly got out of control, and more officers from surrounding agencies came in, including state police and even Orleans County Sheriff's deputies.
We're told as many as 70 law enforcement officers were there at one point.
Several citizens told News 4 that police were looking for a teenager lighting fireworks.
Witnesses described officers grabbing the teenager and using a stick to subdue him.
Then, witnesses say police took even more measures to gain control of the situation.
Samuel Richardson said, "After that, I went up to them saying, 'He's only 15 years old; leave him alone.' The crowd got around the crowd of cops, and the cops just started macing everybody."
Richard Williams said, "I got maced. My cousin's fiance, she got maced, and she's pregnant. Everybody got maced. You had kids that was in the house, six years old, five years old, babies that were in the house, that got maced."
We have not been told that anyone was actually injured during the melee.
Lockport City Police did not comment at the scene.
We hope to bring you their side of the story on News 4 at 5 & 6.