JACKSONVILLE (KTRE) - The Jacksonville Police Department is speaking out on a video that has gone viral online of what appears to be a four-to-one fight in Jacksonville's Taco Bell parking lot.
A seven second clip that was posted yesterday on Facebook, appears to show four black men attacking a white male on the ground at a Taco Bell.
A Jacksonville PD press release, defended the misconception of this being a roaming band of black males assaulting a white man, further stating that the incident was precipitated by one of the white suspects. Alcohol was also involved.
"People need to know that this is not Ferguson, Chicago, or any other place," Jacksonville Chief of Police Daniel Reece said. "It is Jacksonville Texas and this entire episode could easily have been avoided had it not been for alcohol and loose mouths."
The video currently has under one million views and nearly twenty thousand shares on Facebook, race is the topic at hand.
Jacksonville Taco Bell representatives were unable to comment on the fight, due to the ongoing investigation.
The Facebook user who posted the video admits he was not present for the brawl and that a friend sent the clip to him. He says he made this video public, because he hopes that the people involved get the charges they deserve.
Again, the Jacksonville police department has stressed that they are conducting a thorough investigation on this case, and as they find more evidence, they will release names, ages, and also charges of those involved in that fight, caught on camera.