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Cell phone video shows Mardi Gras! Galveston confrontation

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GALVESTON, Texas (FOX 26) -

Caught on camera -- Galveston Mardi Gras 2013, it was the end of an early Sunday morning street party.

"Everybody was going wild," said Gary Guerrero. He was among the revelers enjoying a weekend on the Strand, and witnessed what happened when Galveston police tried to clear out the crowd at 1 a.m. Guerrero says someone grabbed a guardrail and pushed it into the middle of the street. He described it as an attempt to taunt the officers.

"All of a sudden everybody started grabbing guardrails, throwing them in the middle of the street. People were fighting," said Guerrero.

"In my professional opinion they were trying to bait the police into a confrontation," said Chief Henry Porretto, of the Galveston Police Department. "They had an organized deal to try and get us to over react."

Guerrero grabbed his cell phone and started recording the chaos.

"It was funny at first, until bottles started flying," said Guerrero. "A bottle hit my buddy."

When it was over, seven people were arrested, including 20-year-old Ashton Hooper. He is now charged with assaulting a peace officer.

"In a second you'll see a garbage can, there goes a bottle," said Guerrero as he watched the video on his cell phone. "There goes another bottle."

This was Guerrero's first Mardi Gras in years and while it won't be the last, he has learned a lesson.

"I don't know about (staying) that late anymore," said Guerrero. "I'll leave early from now on."

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