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Fights caught on camera at SXSW

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Phillip Lamarr was in Austin to capture concerts and celebrity interviews during South by Southwest.

What he walked away with was this downtown brawl.

Phillip said, "We was waiting on someone and then we seen everybody running, so I whipped the camera out, turned and just see the craziness."

He shot his video late Friday night, near Red River and east 6th Street.

"There were small fights here and there, all the way back up into the crowd. There was a lot of stuff I couldn't even capture," said Phillip. "I was trying to move the camera around, but I was also trying to watch out for my safety."

At one point in the video, you see the camera turn in the opposite direction...and then quickly focus back in on the fight.

Phillip commented, "I had thought I heard something about, something about a gun."

The fighting didn't worry everyone about their safety.

This guy's eating a piece of pizza as two fights are happening on either side of him.

"It was crazy," said Phillip.

A minute and a half into the video, a security guard makes his way into the crowd, but still no sign of APD.

"They were there, but it did take a while. I think they had pumped some pepper spray out there," said Phillip.

If you look closely, you can see several people in the crowd pull their shirts up over their faces.

This fight happened on east 6th Street and Trinity. You can see seven APD officers on scene. An officer blows his whistle, cutting into the crowd of bystanders. Eventually, the young man comes to, clearly still in a daze and hurt.

"He laid there for a long time...had to go in an ambulance on a stretcher. It was pretty bad," said Phillip.

The next night, Phillip says he noticed more officers on the streets.

He added, "Every stop light, they were circled and then in between every stoplight, so they brought the presence heavy. I guess they just wasn't prepared for what happened Friday."

Reps with the Austin Police Department say, during the weekend of Southby, they only have 3 reports of disorderly conduct fighting.

We also found out in several cases, reports were not written.

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