Two adults and two juveniles, one of whom attacked police officers, were arrested Tuesday following a large fight at the Fairfield Aquatic Center on Augusta Boulevard.
The fight began Tuesday afternoon after some individuals at the city-run pool became disorderly, according to Fairfield police Officer Doug Day. One of the city’s park rangers was also on site, tried unsuccessfully to break up the brawl, and called police.
“It was a big group with about eight people there,” Day said.
According to a police report, the juveniles had been asked to leave the pool due to their behavior. The mother of the juveniles, Krystal Dixon, 33, of Cincinnati, “aggressively confronted pool staff,” the report said. She was also asked to leave.
According to the report, Dixon pushed the officer, was warned again and still would not leave, so police arrested her. Another woman, Maya Dixon, 34, of Columbus, began striking the officer, and then several juveniles joined in, according to the report.
“At one point, Krystal Dixon called to a juvenile to get a Taser from her purse,” the report says.
The Journal-News obtained audio of a 911 call made by an employee at the Aquatic Center. The employee estimates as many as 10 people may have been fighting with officers.
“They’re videotaping, trying to make it look like a racist thing, and it’s not at all. They were breaking our policies. We told them they couldn’t be here anymore, and it’s really scary and I don’t feel safe,” the employee says in the 911 call.
The employee becomes increasingly upset as the call goes on and begins to cry.
“There’s a bunch of little kids, and it’s not a safe environment,” the employee tells the dispatcher.
When officers began to make arrests, the fight escalated, with people resisting arrest, according to Day, adding that a 12-year-old fought with an officer as he tried to arrest her mother.
Officers deployed pepper spray to subdue the group, he said. According to the 911 call, at least one person was transported from the scene after being pepper sprayed.
Krystal Dixon and Maya Dixon were each charged with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. A 15-year-old boy was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest and a 12-year-old girl was arrested and charged with assault and resisting arrest.
Employees at the Aquatic Center declined to comment, deferring to police. Day said police are “very rarely” dispatched to the facility.
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