Police: ‘Lots of movement’ in Florence assault investigation, extra patrols planned for First Fridays

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The Dawes family recollecting the attack at First Fridays in Florence

FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Florence Police investigators are actively investigating an assault that happened at a First Fridays event in Wilson Park.

Florence Police Chief Ron Tyler said they are working closely with the family who was attacked by a group of 20 to 30 juveniles.

“Lots of movement, but nothing we are prepared to comment on yet,” said Tyler. “We’re still following up on leads and conducting interviews. We have worked closely with the family and they are aware of how the investigation is progressing.”

Tyler added that his team has already started to put a plan together for extra patrols in the park during future First Fridays.

The attack happened two weeks ago while the monthly, family friendly event was wrapping up. A 14-year-old and his father were assaulted in the park. The Dawes family said their attackers were yelling racial slurs while using Taser guns and beating them.

At the time, Chief Tyler said they were considering angles. He added that the department was not ready to say that it was gang related.