Last Saturday night every police cruiser in Providence was called to Level II, a nightclub downtown. A melee was in progress, ending with the stabbings of seven people, and multiple other injuries.
The press focused on the fact that EVERY cruiser in Providence was needed to quell the riot. Less newsworthy was the fact that EVERY ALS unit in Providence also responded.
There were no cops to patrol the city for a little while late Saturday night. Every day, day after day, week after week and year after year EVERY ALS unit in Providence is tied up on medical calls.
Dog bites man is certainly not newsworthy. Man biting dog might get you a headline. Providence EMS Run Ragged is simply business as usual.
Cops describe chaos at Level II
5 stabbed during Easter morning melee
Updated: Thursday, 12 Apr 2012, 12:53 PM EDT
Published : Thursday, 12 Apr 2012, 12:41 PM EDT
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Chaos. That is how police described the scene when they arrived to Level II nightclub in Providence early Easter morning.
Five people were stabbed inside the Richmond Street club, and 200 more were gathered outside in the parking lot ready to fight.
During a Wednesday hearing before the Providence Board of Licenses, police urged the members to shut down Level II for good.
"Chaos," said Officer DeMarco of the Providence Police Department. "There were fights all over the place and a lot of blood on the floor."
Eyewitness News has learned that dispatchers ordered every officer in the city to the nightclub district, forcing Cranston Police and State Police to cover all other calls.
"In 23 years, I've only heard four calls for every car in the city to respond," said Officer Gregory Daniels.
The four veteran officers who testified told board members they feared for their lives.
An attorney for the club's owner says he's not commenting until the board reaches a decision.
A hearing will continue on Thursday, the club remains temporarily closed.
Nothing to see here, folks, move along.