Davis in Amherst to launch rowdiness review

Police detain a participant in the pre-St. Patrick's Day "Blarney Blowout" near the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Mass. on Saturday, March 8, 2014. Amherst police said early Sunday that 73 people had been arrested after authorities spent most of the day Saturday attempting to disperse several large gathering around the UMass campus for the party traditionally held the Saturday before spring break. The partying carried through Saturday evening into early Sunday, and Amherst Police Capt. Jennifer Gundersen said in a statement that police were busy with numerous reports of fights, noise and highly intoxicated individuals. (AP Photo/The Republican, Robert Rizzuto) MANDATORY CREDIT –AP Photo/The Republican, Robert Rizzut

AMHERST, Mass. (AP) — Former Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis is at the University of Massachusetts Amherst to review the school and town’s handling of the so-called Blarney Blowout parties.

Dozens of people, including many students, were arrested and four police officers suffered minor injuries when rowdy pre-St. Patrick’s Day celebrations got out of control in several areas around town last month.

Davis tells The Daily Hampshire Gazette (http://bit.ly/1koPcpF ) he and members of his consulting team will be in Amherst for the first meeting on Monday.

He says he will meet with students first.

Davis said he will study reports and operational plans from university staff. UMass is spending up to $160,000 on the investigation and the report it will generate.

The goal is to prevent similar events in the future.


Information from: Daily Hampshire Gazette (Northampton, Mass.), http://www.gazettenet.com


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