Police Sort Through Downtown Disturbance

One of the individuals arrested downtown at an after-party in conjunction with a weekend boxing match told a judge Monday that he's guilty but he was “frustrated" with how things were handled after what was a historic night for the city.

We asked the Doubletree Hotel managers what went wrong and who organized the after-party. Their response was, “We are to tell you no comment and politely ask you to leave."

One man saw a judge Monday in connection with the incident.

Curtis Garrison, 24, was arrested for disorderly conduct and failure to disperse outside the hotel. Investigators said he refused to leave and then struggled with officers as he was arrested.


Curtis Garrison

The state offered to drop one charge if he pleaded guilty to the other and sentenced him to one day in jail, which he had already served. He took the deal but he told the judge he was "frustrated" with what happened as he tried to celebrate.

The intersection of 16th and Dodge became a sea of flashing lights. Witnesses said officers shot pepper ball shots to break-up the crowd and send them on their way.

It was supposed to be an after-party for 600 people at the Doubletree Hotel but according to sources, once the ballroom was full another 1,500 people, many with VIP passes they'd purchased, waited to get in.

Omaha Police said the crowd surged past security so dozens of officers responded after a Help an Officer call went out on the radio.

Police said at least seven individuals were arrested for misdemeanor disorderly conduct. Some of those on scene didn't understand why they had to leave.

One man said, “There was nothing wrong until the Omaha Police made something wrong."

Some people went to the Doubletree after-party from their homes following HBO’s live coverage. Others walked from the CenturyLink Center where they saw firsthand Terence Crawford knocking down his opponent so many times the referee stopped the fight.

It was the biggest boxing match in Omaha in more than 40 years. Many wanted to simply celebrate but investigators said it just got out of control.

One celebrant told us, “We're just trying to have a good time. We're bringing something to the city - bringing something downtown."

Aside from Garrison, police didn't have reports available Monday on those arrested.


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