Melee ensues following multiple arrests on South Street, police say

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- Police said while officers were making several arrests on South Street for disorderly conduct early Sunday morning, a crowd gathered and then became unruly.

It happened on the 300 block of South Street around 2 a.m., right when the bars started to close.

"It's all over Facebook," said Desiree Evridge.

The now-viral video shows several fights erupting.

"We weren't allowed out of the establishment until they got it cleared," said Vanessa.

Vanessa didn't want to give her last name but says she watched most of the melee from the window of the restaurant where she works. The scene got so bad, one man was stripped during the fight.

"They de-pants him!" yelled Evridge. "They all started jumping on him and when he was laying there. They de-pants him and he was unconscious!"

Police say five people were being arrested for disorderly conduct Saturday night when patrons being let out of bars started to harass officers.

Several fights broke out, challenging the resources of officers in the area, prompting a city-wide assist for backup.

The last 48 hours have been two of the warmest days of the year so far.

"It's bringing people out that are stuck at home, and they don't act right," said Vanessa.
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