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March 1, 2005
erupts at Toad's
Incident clears club;
police arrest woman in a separate incident
A brawl broke out at Toad's Place on York
Street late Sunday night after a performance by rapper Lloyd Banks,
forcing the remaining patrons to evacuate the club.
Brian Phelps, the president of Toad's Place, said the fight took place
in the coat room 10 minutes after the main stage show ended, but that it
did not result in any arrests. The brawl occurred shortly after a woman
was arrested for refusing to cooperate with the police officers at the
club, although the two events were unrelated, he said.
Phelps said the two incidents were handled by the seven New Haven police
officers on duty
officers stand outside of Toad’s Place Sunday night after a
brawl broke out in the club’s coat room following a Lloyd Banks
performance. During the same show, a woman was arrested for
refusing to cooperate with the police.
at the venue that night. But at least 12
police cars blocked off York Street after the incident while about 20
police officers directed the crowd.
Banks, who performed Sunday for a crowd of about 700 spectators, was not
personally involved in the fight, Phelps said.
"We had a little skirmish," Phelps said. "Nothing to do
with [Banks], but one or two of his 40-person entourage may have gotten
out of hand. People were squeezing in trying to get their coats."
But Tiphanie Phelmetta, who was inside the club when the brawl took
place, said Banks was involved in the fight, along with some of the
members of his entourage.
"Everything about this was just stupid as hell," Phelmetta
said. "Lloyd Banks stopped the show, and he was like 'What? Who
Phelmetta said she was forced out of the club by security guards before
she had time to get her jacket.
Morina Reynolds, a 28-year-old New Haven resident, was charged with
interfering with a police officer at the club, New Haven Police
spokesperson Bonnie Winchester said.
"When the officer tried to move her away from an altercation, she
became belligerent and had to be removed from the scene,"
Phelps said Reynolds was arrested a little after 11 p.m. for behaving
"She was giving the cops a hard time. She wouldn't shut up,"
Winchester said the police report stated that Reynolds was not injured,
but she could not say whether other individuals had sustained injuries
because the report only spoke of Reynolds. She said the report did not
say who made the call to the police, but that it may have been made by
one of the police officers on duty at the club.
Phelps said Toad's Place was filled almost to its 750-person capacity
Sunday night, and that 25 security guards were also on duty with the New
Haven police officers to ensure the safety of all individuals at the
show. He said Yale seniors from the Delta
Kappa Epsilon fraternity had also volunteered to help the event run
Despite the number of security measures taken by the club, Phelps said
fights are sometimes difficult to avoid in an environment where
individuals consume alcohol.
"If you have alcohol, you'll have occasional disturbances," he
said. "Once in a great while, maybe once a month."