- Associated Press - Thursday, March 13, 2014

AMHERST, Mass. (AP) - The University of Massachusetts Amherst has asked former Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis to review the university and the town’s handling of last weekend’s “Blarney Blowout” parties and similar disturbances.

Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy (suh-buh-SWAH’-mee) said Thursday the goal is to prevent “a recurrence of last week’s disturbing events.” Dozens of people, including many students, were arrested and four police officers had minor injuries when pre-St. Patrick’s Day celebrations got out of control in several areas around town.

Subbaswamy said the Amherst city government supports the review. It will cover campus and community preparations and the conduct of first responders, university officials and town leaders during and after the disturbance.

Davis, Boston’s police commissioner from 2006-2013, dealt with last year’s Boston Marathon bombing and several sports championship celebrations during his tenure.



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