Yesterday, the police in Arlington [Texas] arrested four teenagers. It seems that these young men were staging bare-knuckle street fights involving other teens [some as young as 14], and then selling DVD's of the fights for $15.00 each. There were both boy and girl fights, and the fights were taped in many different locations [parks, city streets, parking lots, schools, etc.].
There are two of the videos on sale, and a third was being prepared. The videos are about three hours long and have a "hip-hop" soundtrack. The DVD's were being sold thru internet websites.
The four arrested were charged with organized criminal activity and aggravated assault. This is a felony charge and could result in a sentence of 5-99 years in prison. Bail has been set in at least two of the cases at $25,000.
The Arlington police began their investigation in March of this year, when a teenager was critically wounded in one of the fights, and had to be hospitalized.
A spokesman for the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation said they will be investigating also. In Texas, you must have a license to stage a fight for an audience. This could result in state criminal charges and an administrative fine of $5,000.
I guess these young criminals thought they had found a way to make some easy money. They don't seem to realize [or maybe they don't care] that people could be seriously injured or even killed during these fights. It shows a lack of morality and common decency for these young men to make their money from the pain and suffering of others.
I hope the Tarrant County District Attorney takes this as seriously as the Arlington police have. These young criminals need to be prosecuted vigorously and sent to serve some jail time. This kind of criminal activity needs to be nipped in the bud. If it is allowed to continue, it will just get worse, and may soon expand to involve the general public.
NOTE - Agg-Town is the hip-hop slang for Arlington. Others in this area are D-Town [Dallas] and FunkyTown [Fort Worth].