Sunday picnics devolve into ‘chaotic’ brawl


Four people were arrested after a brawl at a local park Saturday night, which involved dozens of people and prompted Brentwood police to seek help from nearby law enforcement agencies.

During the incident at Veterans Park in the 3800 block of Balfour Road, officers used a Taser on one of the four people arrested, when the suspect allegedly failed to obey police commands to stop fighting, said police Sgt. Mark Misquez.

That man, 20-year-old Freddie Davis of Antioch, was taken to a local hospital for examination, released to police and then taken to the County Jail in Martinez, having been arrested on suspicion of resisting arrest and obstructing a police officer and in addition to fighting in public, Misquez said.

The incident unfolded when several calls came in to 911 shortly after 8 p.m. Saturday describing a fight involving dozens of people.

Misquez said the fight was apparently triggered when kids belonging to two separate families gathered at the park got into an argument on a playground. The fight escalated to involve adult members of both families, Misquez said.

Misquez said:

“It was a very chaotic, unruly scene.”

Officers from the Antioch and Oakley departments and from the Contra Costa Sheriff’s Department were called to assist the Brentwood officers.

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