Concert turmoil under review at Riverfront
191 arrests made
CAMDEN — With the mayhem of last weekend’s country music festival behind them, Camden officials say they are continuing to work to add a contingent of seasonal officers for additional support for future summer concerts.
Some 25,000 country music fans converged on the city’s waterfront Saturday, a day that turned into a fight-filled affair resulting in nearly 200 arrests and dozens of injuries.
Camden Police Chief Scott Thomson said the department recalled every active officer to work on Saturday in anticipation of overflow crowds for the WXTU sponsored all-day free show and tailgate party, which brought country music lovers from far and wide to the Susquehanna Bank Center.
Police responded to numerous disturbances and Thomson said his officers arrested 191 individuals, most for disorderly conduct offenses such as fighting, drinking alcohol in public and public urination. Several parking lots, including those previously used at the former Riverfront State Prison site, were filled to capacity with concertgoers.
In a YouTube video, two girls are seen fighting on a crowded PATCO train before the concert.
Twelve people were taken to area hospitals for injuries and according to reports, dozens of others were treated at the scene for various ailments by medical technicians on hand.
All things considered, Thomson praised his officers on Tuesday for keeping disturbances from spreading.
“We tripled the amount of arrests compared to last year and did a much better job of rapid deployments to address small disturbances from escalating into large scale events,” Thomson said. “Our cops did an outstanding job in such a challenging environment with diminished resources.”
The city’s roster of approximately 240 active officers is down from about 400 several years ago due to attrition and sweeping layoffs last year.
Thomson said Tuesday the city is continuing to process applications for part time officers hired with a classification of Special Law Enforcement Officers.
The city announced late last month a plan to hire as many as 110 seasonal officers to help handle duties like traffic at construction sites and crowd control at the remainder of the summer concert series, which includes hip-hop act, Drake, on Saturday, Radiohead next Wednesday and two all-day music fests in July.
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theme of all bixbyte posts:
WHY ISN'T EVERYTHING GIVEN TO ME FOR FREE BY THE GOVERNMENT
I DON'T GET ENOUGH FOR FREE
Concert appears to be a loser.
Another Nutter scheme to help the rich outsiders.
Raise our taxes to pay the difference?
I want to hear more music that could have been in one of our stadiums.
Help poor poor JZ, poor fellow only has Billions $.
I am a pissed off Old Dinosaur.
2 days tickets original $99
2 days tickets raised $135
1 day ticket was $75
30,000 and 45,000 kids showed up.
Best case scenario all the tickets were fully paid at $75 each, no comps, no lesser priced tickets.
You can not get close to NUTTER'S Financial figures.
Also, read SPIN and ROLLING STONE Magazines.
There were summer concerts all over the country including Canada and Philly too.
How many "tourists" rented a room?
They wanted a Woodstock with big star headliners like Pearl Jam, Run DMC ...
Three stages running simultaneously.
THIS CONCERT WAS A FINANCIAL FAILURE.
And how much was allocated for charity?
The math from ticket sales does not come out to $10 million?
Pearl Jam made $2 million?
"The city of Philadelphia also contributed an undisclosed sum to the event's funding, particularly on the backend with cleanup."
Made in America: Did It Work? - The Hollywood Reporter
Last edited by Bixbyte; 09-19-2012 at 07:29 PM.
I am a pissed off Old Dinosaur.
You're not including the unknown number of dollars that Budweiser paid to be the lead sponsor.
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