While it may have been quiet Monday afternoon, Springfield’s entertainment district looked more like a war zone early Saturday morning.
Police had all they could handle Saturday as a bar room fight got out of control at the Fat Cats bar leaving several officers injured and 9 people arrested. Among those taken into custody were four Marines.
60 patrons were fighting and 20 police officers ended up responding to the scene.
Police Sgt. John Delaney says they came under attack, “People in the bar were so caught up in the fight they weren’t there to help the police, they were there to hurt the police.”
When it was all over, 4 officers were injured including one seriously.
“One of the officers Eleni Mendez, she was hurt pretty bad. She was struck from behind in the head a couple of times. She’s suffering from a severe concussion. She’ll probably be out of work for a while,” explains Delaney.
One of the other officers suffered a broken finger.
9 people were taken into custody on a variety of charges including disorderly conduct and assault and battery on a police officer.
An angry Mayor Sarno demands answers.
“Four officers including a female officer, hospitalized, officers to cover a melee that was so completely out of control coming out of this establishment. I have questions of what type of procedures, what type of management is going on,” Sarno says.
The mayor also says the patrons who attacked police acted like animals and says their behavior was unacceptable.
Sarno has a warning for those who operate downtown bars.
“If you operate your place properly you’ll have no issue with my administration, if you don’t operate your place properly you’re going to have a problem,” says Sarno.
Fat Cats will have a problem now because the city is not taking this incident lightly and they do face possible penalties.
The mayor has ordered his licensing division to move on this as quickly as possible.
The next step is Fat Cats will face a hearing on the bar’s entertainment license. Testimony will be given, almost like a mini-trial, and then Springfield could issue sanctions against the bar.
They could for example, suspend the entertainment license for a period of time depending on what it finds during the hearing.