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Former Boston Police Commissioner To Begin Probe Of Amherst Disturbance

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Former Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis will be on the UMass Amherst campus Monday to begin a review of last month’s off-campus melee known as the “Blarney Blowout.”

Davis, who is now a security consultant, was hired by UMass officials five days after the March 8th event that saw police in riot gear attempt to break up large crowds of people at a series of parties outside apartment complexes.  Bottles and rocks were thrown at police and there were more than 50 arrests. As police commissioner in Boston, Davis had a lot of experience with large crowd events.

" I am very confident we'll be able to offer some suggestions that might be helpful," said Davis.

Davis said he plans to interview students, university administrators, town officials, community members, UMass and Amherst police, as well as review videos of  what happened.    He plans to produce a report for the university this summer.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.