Police Are Criticized For Downtown Patrol Tactics
Many nightclubs in downtown Gainesville hosted after-parties for this year's Florida Invitational Step Show last weekend, but it's what happened outside of one of those clubs that is now causing controversy.
Some Gainesville police officers are accused of forcing party-goers out into the rain after the clubs closed instead of allowing them to stand under a roof's overhang to keep dry.
The University of Florida chapter of the Omega Psi Phi fraternity held their after-party at Eight Seconds nightclub, and the fraternity's faculty advisor says he saw the entire incident.
Captain Lonnie Scott from G-P-D was in charge that night, and says he told his officers to keep the crowds moving at all times.
He says he gave those orders because of the recent violent attacks that have been happening when the downtown bars close.
"My instructions were simple. Keep people moving. What I didn't prepare them for was the rain," said Scott.
Scott says he's always open to suggestions on how the situation can be handled better next year, but says overall, he is glad with how things went down considering they had no major injuries and very few arrests.
By David Hamilton/WCJB TV 20 News
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