NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) - Northampton's police chief is asking the city's licensing board to hold a violation hearing following a number of violent incidents at an area bar.
In the last two years, Northampton Police have visited Tully O'Reilly's nearly 200 times. Because of it, Northampton Police Chief Russell Sienkiewicz wrote a letter to the city's Licensing Board on June 21. In it, he says a two year review of responses and calls to Tully O'Reilly's found an overwhelming number of disturbances.
The Chief says that the department is overburdened with the number of calls for service; adding that the majority of these drunk disturbances create a dangerous and violent atmosphere downtown.
Mystika Music Promoter Jason Weeks told 22News he stopped bringing touring acts to the bar because they couldn't control the crowds.
"It's a combination of alcohol, loud music and them not being able to control the amount of people that are coming in. I don't know if they are understaffed or the people they are bringing in are the wrong people to control the crowd," Weeks said.
The most recent incident took place June 16, when a fight ended with several people being arrested. The incident prompted the response of all of the officers on duty.
The violation hearing is scheduled for July 24.
The owner of Tully O'Reilly's refused to comment.