FOXBOROUGH (CelebrityAccess) — A federal legal challenge to alcohol-related policies at Gillette Stadium may be headed to trial.
According to the Boston Globe, Lawyers representing both side, requested a trial in late September after US District Court Judge Douglas P. Woodlock denied motions from both sides requesting a summary judgement.
The suit, filed in 2012, claims that the practice by Foxborough police of placing intoxicated people into protective custody constitutes a civil rights violation. Public Drunkenness has not been a crime in Massachusetts since 1976, though police are allowed to detain people if they are incapacitated, disorderly, or a danger to themselves or others.
Plaintiffs in the suit claim they were detained unlawfully at the stadium, sometimes for as much as 8 hours while attending concerts at the stadium. – Staff Writers