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Pastor reacts to brawl near church

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) – A late night brawl in Albany has a local pastor speaking out about what she says has become an all too common occurrence around her church.

Dozens of young people were at an event center in the 900 block of Broad Avenue when police officers were called.

Pastor Pearlie Dawson at Seed of Faith Disciple Church says she's not against young people having fun, but when fights break out it's a different story. The even center owner said he didn't host anything last night and the center was rented out for a private function.

On Sunday morning she prayed for those fighting feet from her church Saturday night.

"I saw young girls being hauled off in police cars last night," said Dawson.

Police still haven't told us much about what happened but those who witnessed it said it was bad.

"The road was blocked off, there were police cars and we I counted at least ten," said Dawson.

She saw people injured but none seriously, never the less she says things need to change.

Her church is on the same strip as J&K Event Center. The center's owner Corey Davis told me he tries to host positive youth friendly game nights. 

"I'm not tired of them having times of fellowship if that's what, good, I want them to do that," Dawson.

In the two years the church has been here, they say this weekend's brawl was not the first.

"I questioned some of the teens and discovered some of them had no Id's and they didn't want to get in trouble, I even allowed them to use my phone to call their parents," said Dawson. "946 broad avenue this is where God has called me to be the watchman on the wall."

We put in a request to the Albany police department this morning to find out more about the brawl and if indeed any arrests were made. They haven't released any information to us at this time.

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