MEMPHIS, TN- (WMC-TV) - Surveillance cameras rolled on the second incident of its kind in a matter of weeks on Beale Street. After damage and disorder took over Saturday night, many are wondering what can be done to control crowds on Beale.
"I feel safe. We walked pretty far too, eight or nine blocks to come down here," said tourist Jason Cross.
In town to watch the Grizzlies and the Spurs, Cross was on Beale in the afternoon before the game started and before the crowds filled the entertainment district. But on Saturday night some patrons described Beale Street as chaos as thousands hit downtown a Grizzlies game, a Red Birds game, the Sunset Symphony and even 600 people arriving on the American Queen.
What was described as a "stampede" by police resulted in a broken store window, people being knocked to the ground, and several disorderly conduct arrests.