UMass looks to Ed Davis for post-Blarney advice

AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – Former Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis has been hired to help UMass, local law enforcement, and the town keep future student parties from getting out of control.

Despite a news release from the University saying Davis will review the conduct of first responders, Amherst Police Chief Scott Livingstone told 22News he talked to Davis, and was assured it will not be an investigation into the department.

Reaction to the Blarney Blowout depends on who you talk to.

Jeff Szostkiewicz is a Senior at UMass. He told 22News, “I don’t think that people should be looking into it as much as they are. It was just a party.”

But Junior Anthony Graczyk sees it differently. “I think it devalues our university. It makes the degrees we get here a little less valuable.”

With the Blowout over, the Hobart Hoe-down is up next. The University is seeking advice from former Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis, who’s expected to meet with university administration and law enforcement next week to review what happened, and develop strategies to avoid future problems.

“We were getting calls of light poles being taken down, injured individuals, people being struck by bottles and cans, and again, this was before we even responded to the North Amherst area, these calls were coming in at 9 or 10 o’clock in the morning. And at that point we have to take action,” said Amherst Chief of Police Scott Livingstone.

The Chief has watched most of the internet videos claiming excessive police force and says he’s confident his officers acted appropriately. He said supervisors decided to use pepper spray because of the actions of the partiers.

The blowout stretched police resources to the max, leaving the rest of the town unpatrolled.

“The events of last weekend create a lot of stress. I can say unequivocally however, that our working relationship with the university is very strong and a would suggest that over the past few years it has never been stronger,” said Amherst town Manager John Musante.

Musante went on to praise the Chancellor of UMass for taking this so seriously.

Meanwhile, the University has already begun the disciplinary process for students who were arrested or charged.

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