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When a late-night party at Tacoma's McKinley Park got so loud the police responded, the revelers apparently weren't hip to the idea of

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Police Officer Assault in Tacoma Leads to Varying News Reports

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MetroParks Tacoma
When a late-night party at Tacoma's McKinley Park got so loud the police responded, the revelers apparently weren't hip to the idea of quieting down and leaving the closed facility. Instead, according to reports, they attacked an officer on the scene, resulting in minor injuries and, more confusing, some varying news stories this morning from local TV news outlets.

As KIRO TV tells it, the group was made up of teenagers and, after police identified the teen described as "the vocal ringleader," she "turned on the officer and attacked her." The story indicates other teens at the party joined in on the melee and then fled, and that a few of the teens, one near the park and 'several" at their homes, were subsequently arrested.

KOMO's account varies slightly. According to a story posted to the outlet's website:

When officers arrived, they identified a vocal ringleader. As police were talking to her, an officer was assaulted by other members of the group.

The ringleader was detained while other officers tried to track down one or more suspects who assaulted the officer.

The track was ultimately unsuccessful, and the investigation is continuing.

The KOMO story makes no mention of the group of partiers as teenagers, or of any arrests. The good news is both stories indicate the officer who was attacked sustained only minor injuries.

A story that popped up on KING 5's website a little after 10 a.m. this morning didn't offer much clarification, other than to note that a Tacoma police spokesperson "described the assault as a 'wrestling' match," and that the confrontation happened around 10:45 p.m.

Of course, for Tacoma news one should probably consult Tacoma's newspaper, The News Tribune. In a story posted this morning at 6:20 a.m. the paper provided far more details than any of our local TV stations seemed interested in. The Trib's story notes the officer was attacked by two teenagers after a 15-year-old girl, presumed to be the "vocal ringleader" mentioned by other outlets, was arrested for trespassing in the park (which, as mentioned, was closed). Apparently, there were a total of seven teenagers hanging out in the park causing the disturbance.

From that story:

An officer arrested the girl on suspicion of trespassing and led her to the patrol car. While they were gone, the girl's sister swung at the female officer, who blocked the punch.

A 17-year-old boy then grabbed the officer's legs and tried to drag her across the sidewalk while yelling for the girl to run. During the scuffle, both the boy and girl managed to escape.

The Trib's story says the officer suffered only minor scrapes, and that police know who the other suspects in the assault are. These young suspects apparently weren't home when officers attempted to speak with them in the aftermath of the poorly-reported event.

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