Police: Fight club videos posted online not always illegal

Police: Fight club videos posted online not always illegal »Play Video
YAKIMA COUNTY, Wash. -- Fight clubs are becoming the worst-kept secret thanks to YouTube and now Facebook. A new page gained thousands of followers within hours, and it's all about promoting violence.

"After seven hours there were already 2,000 likes on this page," said Jeffrey Kaddel who was concerned after the page.

He worries this puts Yakima in a bad light and encourages kids to pick up dangerous habits.

"I was unaware about how many people actually do it," he said.

The page got more popular as more people sent their videos in looking for more attention. You'd think it's illegal but police can't do much about it. If the fights take place in private and nobody complains or tries to press charges, there's nothing that can be done.

"Is it strictly against the law?" Yakima Police Captain Greg Copeland asked. "Well probably most of the time not."

There are times it is definitely illegal. Like if the fight involves underage kids or happens on a school campus.

"If it's more of a public setting like say in a park or actually in the street or something like that then it does kind of get into the criminal realm," Copeland said. "There is a city ordinance about fighting in public."

Some videos on the page do take place on school grounds. It's also a moving target to have police go after every video that's posted.

"It makes it look like we don't have opportunities in this town for youth to keep busy or to keep involved in their community," Kaddel said.

A community he feels has much more to promote than violence.