A Massachusetts DJ has been fined for his actions during an out-of-control college homecoming party at a local pub in Westfield.
25-year old Kashawn Harris — better known as DJ Boogy– was fined after being found responsible for disorderly conduct during an event at Shenanigans Pub the night of October 17.
The event was promoted as the ‘unofficial’ homecoming weekend party for local alumni. Harris himself is an alumnus of Westfield State University. “I had no intention of inciting a riot,” Harris said. “It was just college kids having fun.”
But police paint a different picture. According to officer Juanita Mejias, who issued Harris the summons– the DJ intentionally started playing the song “F*ck tha Police” from N.W.A.’s famous album “Straight Outta Compton” — just as cops were trying to clear the wild, overcapacity crowd.
Mejias wrote in her report that she believed “the combination of alcohol, the excessive amount of people in the bar and the song that the DJ chose to play at that time was an intentional act by the DJ to incite the crowd which showed a reckless disregard for public safety.”
Harris–who was mid-set when fire marshals came in and announced the bar was too full– told masslive.com he already had the song cued up before police arrived. He says he only played a small clip before shutting the music down and the pub was cleared shortly after officers came in.
Police at the scene stated that it was difficult to get the crowd to move out because the music was so loud and there were over 350 people inside– more than twice the maximum capacity.
“While in the bar I could hear glass being broken,” Mejias wrote. “I observed shards of broken beer bottles on the ground as well as liquid causing a dangerous slippery condition on the floor.”
In the end, Harris was fined $50.
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