Youth basketball tournament canceled due to fighting rescheduled

There are tough questions about security at a youth basketball tournament after brawling shut the event down.

FOX 32 has learned the games cancelled, because of the fighting, will now be played Wednesday night. But this time with a smaller crowd at a high school gym.

Also, Chicago’s top cop wants to review security plans after the basketball brawl that took place at an event designed to keep kids free from violence.

“The whole idea behind it was to keep kids safe then it evolved to what it did. But it goes to show you that you have to have security in place in the event that takes place, if you're going to invite that many young people,” said Supt. Eddie Johnson.

After fights inside, United Center security cancelled the tournament sending people flooding into the streets where more brawls broke out Monday night.

Organizers say they were shocked by the huge crowds -- more than ten thousand people turned out at the West Haven Safe Summer League Championship games.

One coach described it as a madhouse, and basketball fans were stunned.

This was the 9th year for the safe summer league. It’s designed to have people on the Near West Side -- from grade school to adult – play basketball during the summer and stay out of trouble.

But the final three games were cancelled when the championships turned into chaos.

“The fans shouldn't be involved in anything disruptive to that and it's unfortunate the game had to get cancelled. And the kids missed out on what they should have which was a basketball game,” Mayor Emanuel said.

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