Police feeling heat for cheerleading ticket

Brent Shea

Brent Shea

Jennifer O'Brien, The London Free Press

, Last Updated: 1:01 PM ET

Police are trying to "twist" the truth to make people think Western University cheerleaders were fined as part of a necessary response to crowds that were quickly becoming out of control, said cheer coach David Tracey.

"It's Bull . . ," said Tracey after reading a statement that said police were "challenged" by crowds of 2,000 to 3,000 on Broughdale Avenue before the Mustangs homecoming football game.

"They were challenged by the crowds? Really? Challenged in what way?"

Police are holding a news conference at 1 p.m. and have announced plans to release video footage of the crowds to explain why officers went in and issued 270 tickets -- including 212 liquor violations.

The cheerleaders were slapped with a fine for creating a "nuisance in street by conducting a cheerleading performance."

The news has gone viral on social media and Tracey has been interviewed by outlets including the New York Daily News and Fox News this morning, he said.

Police have also received dozens of calls, said media officer Const. Ken Steeves, many from news organizations he has never been in contact with before.

In a news release police said it took officers more than two hours to clear the street.

"This unprecedented crowd created significant safety risks as emergency service vehicles would not have been able to access premises in this residential area," the release said.

But Tracey -- who lived on Broughdale for 11 years -- called it a "normal Broughdale crowd" and said if there was an unmanageable crowd it must have gathered after the cheerleaders were ticketed - at 11:15 a.m.

"It wasn't like that when we were there," he said. "They can twist it to make it sound like insanity and show videos that are like 'wow, look at the streets!' but it wasn't like that when we were there," he said.

He said he didn't witness officers doing any crowd control strategies other than issuing tickets and fines.

"The point was, it wasn't in that heightened state when we got there," he said. "We were simply walking through on the way to the game. My (cheerleaders) were not doing anything disruptive or congregating."

 

 

 

 


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