- Associated Press - Friday, May 8, 2015

KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) - A Ketchikan group that stages mixed martial arts, boxing and kickboxing fights is seeking to drop a requirement that paid police officers be on hand.

The Ketchikan Fight Club is petitioning the city of Ketchikan to drop a requirement that two uniformed officers attend Fight Night events at a cost of $75 per hour each.

The Ketchikan Daily News (https://bit.ly/1DV5pZp) reports the Ketchikan Fight Club is the only organization required to pay for police.

The requirement was part of a compromise allowing Fight Night to continue after incidents of property damage and extreme behavior at the Ted Ferry Civic Center.

Club officials say private security officers can handle rowdy crowds.

Police Chief Alan Bengaard has reservations. He says Fight Night creates an alcohol- and testosterone-charged dynamic in people who attend.

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Information from: Ketchikan (Alaska) Daily News, https://www.ketchikandailynews.com

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