Mas­sachusetts po­lice warned about pa­tron­iz­ing strip clubs

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - WORLD -

SPRING­FIELD, Mass. — A Mas­sachusetts po­lice depart­ment has warned its of­fi­cers about the “neg­a­tive public per­cep­tion’’ of pa­tron­iz­ing strip clubs fol­low­ing a brawl be­tween sev­eral off-duty of­fi­cers and a known gang mem­ber. Masslive.com re­ports in a story Tuesday that no one was ar­rested fol­low­ing the brief melee in the Mardi Gras strip club in Spring­field last De­cem­ber that in­volved an off-duty of­fi­cer ex­chang­ing punches with an­other man. The gang mem­ber and his as­so­ciates were thrown out of the bar, and the of­fi­cers called in a re­port about the fight. A lawyer for the club says the city did not pun­ish the bar in any way.

Af­ter an in­ter­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion, the of­fi­cers were re­trained in proper no­ti­fi­ca­tion pro­ce­dures and warned about public per­cep­tion of po­lice fre­quent­ing strip clubs.

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