Concert Halted At The Cotillion

(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Police shut down a March 10th concert at the Cotillion in Wichita, Kansas, after fire marshals accused the venue of packing fans well over-capacity for the popular Latin band Patrulla 81.

Cotillion owner Richard Leslie and the police gave very different numbers for the Friday night concert, according to the Wichita Eagle. According to Police Deputy Chief Robert Lee, the force counted 2,060, while leaving an estimated 200 to 300 uncounted.

Leslie was handed a misdemeanor citation for overcrowding the 2,000-capacity venue, despite the facility’s tally of only 1,952 people. A total of 1,930 tickets had been sold, and 18 employees were working in the building.

The concert was halted while the second opening band was onstage. Petrulla 81 had yet to perform. Promoters are reportedly trying to reschedule for the area.

After fans were ushered out of the building, concertgoers became rowdy, and began throwing bottles, rocks and “whatever else people could throw” at officers, Lee told the paper. Three officers received minor injuries.

Nearly 100 officers from various agencies reported, and some used Tasers on the crowd. Police arrested seven people on charges including disorderly conduct and battery of an officer. –by CelebrityAccess Staff Writers