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By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –City and police leaders will consider updating security guidelines for downtown events following a weekend brawl.

The fight following a downtown hip hop concert led to several arrests.

This is a look at the city's surveillance video from Saturday night at Riverfront Park, about an hour after the concert. Look in the red circle in the middle, as the fight gets started. Chief John Proctor says the brawl was not gang related. He says he is troubled by the dozens of unchaperoned teens who were running around, but he says Police can't break up every gathering of young people.

Albany Police Chief John Proctor said "How do you guard against that other than making sure that each one of them has a parent there with them to help chaperone them. As opposed to letting that be the sole function of the police."

Three 16 year olds, one 15 year old, and a 13 year old were charged with disorderly conduct. There were ten Police Officers at the hip hop concert, which ended more than one hour before the brawl broke out in the park, two blocks away.

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