Hoboken police chief ‘disturbed’ by arrests, disturbances from St. Patrick’s Day bar crawl

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HOBOKEN, N.J. — Though the number of disorderly conducts were down, the Hoboken police chief is “disturbed” by the violent and reckless behavior that’s happening at the Hoboken’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration each year.

The event, also know as the 2016 Hoboken Leprecon, is a Saturday filled with people bar hopping all day and night. It’s sponsored by a private promoter and local bars.

Each year, however, there’s a number of arrests and summons issued. This year was no different. There were 54 summons issued for disorderly conduct, public urination and drinking, and 15 arrests, according to Hoboken Police department.

The number of summons has gone down from 93 issued last year, the department said. However, there were four more arrests during this year’s celebration compared to last year.

“I am disturbed by the repeated behavior that is occurring on these types of themed events, and have several measures that I am exploring with my command staff that I feel needs to be taken,” Hoboken police chief Ken Ferrante said.

“I will not tolerate having any of our officers injured, for the purposes of a few to make a financial profit at the expense of our residents, and for the purposes of promoting deviant behavior attached to various holidays, which results in citizens and officers being hospitalized!”

Ferrante referred to the last arrest police made Sunday. Christopher Smallwood, 14, attacked two officers when he was allegedly fleeing a McDonald’s for also a fight there at 2:30 a.m., police said. One officer suffered three broken ribs and the other had a dislocated shoulder.

He fled from the cops after attacking them, but turned himself in Sunday afternoon, police said.

The city deployed 200 officers out Saturday for the bar crawl.

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