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Caught on tape: Fight breaks out at Byram Burger King

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BYRAM, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Misdemeanor charges could come against a 17-year-old girl after video of her fighting with another person surfaced. It happened at the Burger King in Byram last Wednesday, according to the victim.

She says a fight broke out after a verbal argument, and an employee inside the fast food restaurant recorded the whole thing.

The exclusive cell phone video, sent to WLBT, shows the altercation at its peak: one girl on top of the other while another kicks the victim, still pinned on the floor of the restaurant.

"They say a picture's worth a thousand words. If a picture's worth a thousand, a video's worth a million," Byram Police Chief Luke Thompson said. "And this video is very compelling in terms of the criminal charges that may be brought about."

Chief Thompson says the victim contacted police the very next day. The victim tells 3 On Your Side she admits to throwing the first punch after a 17-year-old girl got in her face, cursing her out, and snatching her phone.

However, what's most appalling to Chief Thompson isn't the fight itself. It's what's going on in the background. Someone who appears to be a Burger King employee doesn't appear to stop the fight at all. At the end, the victim said the manager helped her off the floor.

"The thing that probably disturbs me most is the fact that nowhere in that video, in none of the audio does someone say, 'Somebody call 911, someone call the police,'" Chief Thompson said. "That video is evident that there are a number of people in that situation and not one of them chose to call for help."

Neither the victim nor her mother decided to come on camera. Chief Thompson said it's the victim's choice whether she plans to press charges or not, and that would likely be simple assault, a misdemeanor.

Because the alleged assailant was a juvenile at the time of the incident, it will likely take place in juvenile court, with a judge hearing both sides of the case at some point, he added.

The incident might make one wonder about Burger King's corporate policy when incidents like this occur. Our questions were referred by Byram's general manager to the district manager, who then passed us on to someone in the company's HR department.

No one returned our calls for comment.

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