KALAMAZOO, MI (WKZO AM/FM) – Police from the Kalamazoo Public Safety Department arrested 10 people over the weekend, including two minors, for their role in what they call mobile party activities.
A combined force of 20 officers from the Operations Division, Community Policing Unit, Crime Reduction Team and Kalamazoo Valley Fraud Team regrouped on Saturday May 14 to suppress large gatherings and illegal activities that usually take place on these holidays.
The KDPS has received increasing complaints about these moving parties that typically take place on weekends late at night and early in the morning throughout the Kalamazoo community: parties that not only strain the resources of order, but also put people at risk with potential fights and gun violence.
During the operation, officers encountered large crowds in the 2900 block of Howard Street and the 800 block of Woodbury Avenue where they found instances of illegal possession of firearms, fights, open intoxicants, littering, possession of illegal drugs, loud music and dancing on cars.
Officers made a combined 10 arrests to include a 16- and 17-year-old woman who was released to her guardians.
Two police officers received lacerations on their hands and were treated at a local hospital.
Five firearms were seized and the remaining eight adult offenders were incarcerated in the Kalamazoo County Jail.