Breaking news for Bossier City and Bossier Parish.
A highly trafficked area on Airline Drive in Bossier City is known by law enforcement as a location where young crowds gather, fights break out, and conditions can become “unsafe” for police officers.
Around 10 p.m. Friday night, Bossier City police officers were dispatched to the 2600 block of Airline Drive to investigate a loud music complaint. The area is home to several eateries and is in front of the Kroger Marketplace.
“This location is known for a mixed crowd of juveniles and young adults gathering to fight and play loud music,” the BCPD officer said in his arrest report.
While on the scene and issuing a citation on another matter, the officer witnessed a non-injury car accident. The parties involved were instructed to exchange information required from their insurance companies.
One of the occupants in the crash demanded the officer write an accident report. When the officer told the 20-year-old male that no accident report was required since the crash occurred on private property, the subject continued to “display an attitude and be contrary.”
As the situation escalated, the officer, saying “the scene was unsafe,” called for backup.
“There [have] been ongoing issues at this location resulting in several calls for service [on] Friday and Saturday night of each week, [with] large gatherings of unsupervised juveniles and young adults. These crowds end in fights, loud music, underage drinking, and littering,” the officer wrote in the arrest report.
BCPD public information officer Lt. Bart Cavanaugh tells BossierNow the police department is well aware of the calls for service in the area.
“Historically, this has been an area that teenagers and young adults like to frequent on weekends. Loud music from vehicles and arguments do sometimes occur,” Lt. Cavanaugh says.
“The BCPD has increased nightly patrols in the area and is utilizing the Street Crimes Interdiction Unit to ensure that the area is not unsafe for citizens. If citizens or business owners do see a gathering that makes them uncomfortable they are encouraged to call the BCPD and we will provide an immediate response,” he adds.
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