Police use pepper spray to disperse fights Downtown; several cited, one arrested

2012-09-29T09:00:00Z 2012-09-29T11:16:34Z Police use pepper spray to disperse fights Downtown; several cited, one arrestedNICK HEYNEN | Wisconsin State Journal | nheynen@madison.com | 608-252-6126 madison.com

Madison police used pepper spray to break up pockets of fighting which broke out in a large crowd Downtown early Saturday, and one man was arrested for allegedly attempting to head-butt an officer during the melee, police said.

The fighting began in small groups in a crowd of approximately 200 people which gathered near State Street and North Frances Street just after 2 a.m., according Lt. Stephanie Bradley Wilson.

Bradley Wilson did not know how many people were actually involved in the fighting, nor how many were hit with pepper spray. No injuries were reported as of Saturday morning.

Several people were given citations. Theodore D. Taylor, 22, was the only person arrested after he allegedly tried to head-butt a female police officer. The officer managed to back up and avoid most of the hit and was not seriously injured, Bradley Wilson said.

Taylor is tentatively charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, battery to a police officer and violating his probation.

Electronic court records show Taylor has one previous conviction for battery as well as two disorderly conduct convictions in Dane County.

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