K-9 unit used on crowd in Gloucester
GLOUCESTER, Mass. (WHDH) -- Cameras were rolling when chaos broke out in Gloucester. Many question if police went too far when they threw people to the ground and used police dogs. Even the mayor wants answers now.
Cell phone video captured late night chaos outside of a Gloucester nightclub and raised questions about if police force was excessive. A witness said police were trying to break up the crowd at St. Peter's Club last Saturday night when several people were pinned to the ground.
“It was uncalled for. Very uncalled for. I mean, I understand these guys had a job to do, but not like that,” said Dan Balbo, witness.
At least four police dogs were brought in to help control the crowd. There as part of the city's annual fiesta celebration.
“I have been coming here since I was a baby and I’ve never seen anything like that,” said another man.
The video has been seen hundreds of times online and has also raised questions at city hall. The mayor of Gloucester says she understands the fiesta celebration has hundreds of people, but now she wants answers as to exactly what happened and ordered a formal police report.
“It raises questions. And I immediately thought, okay, this is -- I happened to see it on Facebook, and understood immediately that it would raise questions for citizens viewing it,” said Mayor Carolyn Kirk, Gloucester.
The mayor of Gloucester also says no Gloucester police officers were involved.