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Rowdy Police Pull Pranks at Convention

November 15, 1991

HYANNIS, Mass. (AP) _ A hotel filled with hundreds of police officers gathered for a convention suffered a night of false fire alarms, fire extinguisher spritzing and other rowdy pranks.

″I think it’s their way of having fun,″ said Michael Lynch, general manager of the Cape Cod Plaza Hotel. ″But most people attending the convention are just as upset as we are.″

Members of the Massachusetts Police Association comprised 95 percent of 600 guests registered at the hotel, Lynch said. The convention runs through Friday.

There were 22 false fire alarms between Wednesday afternoon and 2 a.m. Thursday. People also sprayed fire extinguishers, broke ice machines and carried off two televisions, said Kevin Smily, another hotel employee.

Some convention goers were ″extremely intoxicated,″ he said

After the wild night, Barnstable Police Chief Neil Nightingale sent two uniformed officers to patrol the hotel.

″These are grown men. Most are acting responsibly, but for the few idiots who are acting like children, if they want to act that way they will have to pay the penalty,″ Nightingale said.

″There no excuse at all for it,″ said John J. Brown, a Boston police officer and vice president of the association. ″We’re embarrassed by it.″

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