Video shows Marines in massive brawl outside Austin, Texas, bar after a woman’s cell phone was taken
- Marines and civilians were fighting outside the Voodoo Room nightclub
- Several blows are exchanged and people are knocked to the ground
- A bystander cheers on the soldiers while the police settle the argument
A video posted to social media shows the moment a nasty fight broke out between a group of uniformed Marines and civilians outside a Texas nightclub last weekend.
The footage appears to show the groups outside the Voodoo Room on historic Sixth Street in Austin’s entertainment district.
The altercation appears to begin when one woman grabs a phone from another woman’s hands and a Marine tries to intervene.
Then a man in a white long-sleeved shirt tries to throw a punch at another Marine and misses, while a group of his fellow soldiers rush to his aid.
As some Marines try to separate the men as they curse at each other, tensions seem to escalate and an all-out brawl ensues.
Video shows the moment a nasty fight broke out between a group of uniformed Marines and civilians outside an Austin nightclub
After the first blow was thrown by a civilian, the Marines came to the defense of their fellow soldiers
The civilians and Marines exchange blows and several are knocked to the ground as Austin police and Texas Highway Patrol officers begin to break up the fight.
Bystanders cheered on the Marines, who appeared to far outnumber the civilians in the brawl.
A man is heard chanting, “USA! UNITED STATES!’ as officers try to break up the fight.
The video shows at least one man being detained. Towards the end of the video, mounted police arrive and sirens are heard off camera.
In July, Austin police and the Texas Department of Public Safety resumed a partnership to increase police presence and deter crime on the popular downtown bar strip.
Austin police did not return DailyMail.com’s request for more information about the altercation in time for this report.
Many people reposted the video on social media and Twitter users shared their thoughts on the altercation.
“This is why no one should be on 6th Street. It’s chaos and no longer protected by law enforcement unless @TxDPS or military are nearby,” said user Brandi.
On a poster with the name Dr. Waitman W. Beorn stated, “I’m not the biggest fan of the Marines, but… hitting one of them when there’s a huge crowd is a very bad idea.”
The fight turned into an all-out brawl and one of the men was knocked to the ground
Austin police and the Texas Department of Public Safety quickly intervened. One person was seen being arrested
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