Lexington cops champs, too
I watched the game from downtown right next to the Tin Roof restaurant and bar. As all of Lexington celebrated the well-deserved win, I was like the thousands of people who were safely at home listening to the police scanner.
I was surprised at how the Lexington cops attempted to keep the crowd under control without resorting to violence such as tear gas. What could have turned into a huge mess like the riots in Greece or England was well contained. They kept their cool and I'm proud to call them my police force.
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I wrote a somewhat angry letter to the editor just a few days ago complaining of the inept actions I was expecting from our metro police in their attempt to keep the peace during the post-game celebrations.
An apology is in order.
I live near the Woodland and Euclid area and things were crowded, but not overly so during the aftermath of both games. The police were in full view and handling the crowd with a firm hand, but in a friendly manner.
The crowd was smaller this year than from years past, due to the city's excellent planning, blocking off different areas in which the revelers could celebrate. In 1998 more than 10,000 people were in our area. Not so this time due to wise planning.
I want to commend the city and especially our fine police force for what they did to make this a safe and civilized celebration. I realize there were serious problems in some areas. But our police are not prophets and can not foresee all the problematic areas of the rowdiest and most idiotic fans, if such people deserve to be labelled as such.
To be so outnumbered, the police force pulled this off as a joyous and civilized celebration.
As the Wildcats were having Cardinals and Jay Hawks for supper, I was forced to eat crow. So again, I apologize for not having faith in our city's finest. Thank you, metro police.