62 Jacksonville police officers responded to Northside mall Christmas night
More than 60 officers responded to the Regal River City Marketplace theater around 8:30 p.m. when an officer working off duty could not control a crowd estimated as high as 750 people.
Police say when the Regal River City Marketplace Theater was rushed by 25-30 people without tickets, an officer working off-duty used pepper spray to turn back the crowd, then called for backup.
Officers began using loud speakers began going through the crowd asking people to disperse.
The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office says it took just over an hour to break up the crowd -- some shouting profanities at police.
There were no reports of serious injuries or gunfire. A safe zone was setup for parents and guardians to reunite with their children.
"Our response was quick and effective," said JSO spokeswoman Lauri-Ellen Smith. "Our job is to keep people safe, first and foremost, obviously and that's what our officers did. They do that through tactical activities through crowd control by sequestering the group and again, keeping these folks safe, determining who's fighting, who's not."
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