Monday, January 31, 2011
Fletcher North Carolina Church Brawl Caught on Video
A small church with a predominately black congregation in Western North Carolina has caught the attention of newspapers coast to coast including the Washington Post.
The Associated Press is reporting that it took more than 2 dozen police officers from five agencies, to break up a brawl that started over a dispute about leadership at the Greater New Zion Baptist Church in Fletcher, about 94 miles west of Charlotte.
Henderson County Sheriff's Capt. Jerry Rice says the brawl is under investigation and no one appears to have been seriously hurt.
Rice says there were about 75 people at the church when police arrived.
Church members are divided over the recent ouster of the Rev. LeVonia Ray as pastor of the church. The fighting apparently began over whether a vote should be held to reinstate him.
No charges have been filed.
You can catch the video here.