City Couldn’t Handle Trouble
At OH-Fest, Chief, Mayor Find
By LIBBY CUDMORE • Hometown Oneonta & The Freeman’s Journal
ONEONTA – If one person gets hurt in the OH-Fest crowd, it takes five people, including law enforcement and EMTs, to reach them, according to City Police Chief Doug Brenner.
“We form a wedge to move through the crowd,” he said. “But if there’s 10 people fighting, we’re quickly overwhelmed.”
Such concerns were among the reasons Mayor Gary Herzig revoked SUNY Oneonta’s permit to hold this year’s OH-Fest concert by Rapper Sean Kingston. Know Violence Here, a student group, had spoke of protesting after learning he had been accused of a gang rape in 2010.