Gang hand gestures questioned at brawl trial

2013-07-25T13:00:00Z 2013-09-17T15:54:53Z Gang hand gestures questioned at brawl trialBy JEFF REINITZ, jeff.reinitz@wcfcourier.com Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier

WATERLOO, Iowa --- The prosecution has rested in the state's case against a Waterloo man charged with gang participation and rioting in a New Year's Eve nightclub brawl.

Authorities allege Trevon Fox, 22, was a member of a local Bloods gang when he flashed gang hand signs at Edo's Club International and later joined a fight that started with other people.

The defense said Trevon Fox isn't a gang member.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, jurors watched security camera videos of the New Year's festivities and the ensuing melee as Officer Ed Savage, who was injured while attempting to break up the fight, pointed out hand signs displayed by Trevon Fox and others in the club.

As the video --- which didn't include audio --- played, the jury could see a fight break out on the dance floor and spill over into the club's seating area.

When the fight started, Fox was on the other side of the seating area, and the cameras showed him weaving past some of the scuffles as he puffed on a cigarette.

At one point, his brother, Dejuan Fox, became involved in a fight with another person, and Trevon Fox joined in, punching the man until the man fell and security officers pulled him off. Trevon Fox was removed from the bar as other fights continued, and he later returned and picked up a pool cue, the video showed.

Defense attorney David Nadler questioned Savage about the difference between gang signs and hands swaying during ordinary dancing.

"I'll probably embarrass myself, but it seems like one of the moves people do with the rap music is kind of like a tomahawk chop with their hands in the air," Nadler said.

The defense turned the jury's attention to other video segments showing tiara-wearing women in minidresses waving their hands in the air to unheard tunes. Nadler asked if Savage considered those motions gang related.

"I couldn't tell. Looks like she's just dancing," Savage answered.

"There's a couple people hugging. Is that gang related?" Nadler asked.

The trial is slated to continue Thursday with the defense presenting its case.

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