Cincinnati OH Dec 13 2016 A Cincinnati police officer was punched in the face and suffered a swollen eye when several fights broke out at a nightclub early Monday, police officials said.
Five off-duty police officers were working a security detail at Inner Circle Nightclub at 4343 Kellogg Ave., said Lt. David Schofield, the night inspector.
But several fights erupted inside and outside the club as it closed and patrons left just after 2 a.m., so the officers had to radio for more police to respond in an "officer needs assistance" run.
A man punched a police officer in the eye as the officer tried to break up one melee, causing his eye to swell, Schofield said.
The man stopped fighting as soon as he struck the officer, he said.
Andre Curry, 30, was arrested and charged with assault on a police officer.
Meanwhile, an officer had to use a Taser stun gun on a 19-year-old woman who refused to obey commands to stop fighting, Schofield said.
The Taser worked to subdue her, and the woman was able to be taken into custody without further incident, he said.
The officer who was punched and the woman who was Tased, Ebony Brazil, were treated at the scene by Cincinnati firefighters and released, Schofield said.
Brazil was booked into the Hamilton County jail on charges of obstructing official business and disorderly conduct.
Another woman, 24, was ticketed for disorderly conduct and released.
District 2 police plan to talk to operators of the nightclub to make sure things are safe there in the future, Schofield said.
“We will determine if this is an isolated incident or if there needs to be more follow-up, he said.
This isn't the first serious incident at the nightclub, a known trouble spot, according to police and city records.
Earlier this year, a 16-year-old girl, Hailey Hall, was assaulted as she left the club in the early morning hours of Feb. 29. Her boyfriend, William Arnold, 34, was arrested on drug charges after the alleged assault.
Hailey died at the hospital March 14. Arnold was indicted in August on two counts of murder and one count each of felonious assault, kidnapping, abduction and tampering with evidence. If convicted on all charges, he faces the possibility of life in prison.
Two separate shooting incidents have twice prompted operators to say they were halting hip-hop and rap concerts.
Four people were shot inside Inner Circle on Feb. 1, 2013, according to a Feb. 27, 2013 memo from then-Cincinnati City Manager Milton Dohoney Jr. to City Council. Three shooting victims were found in the bathroom. The fourth victim was found when he arrived at University of Cincinnati Medical Center via private vehicle.
The victims were all on the dance floor when a fight broke out involving other patrons.
"The victims stated they heard between one to three gunshots," the memo states. "It is believed the victims were struck with bullet fragments which could have ricocheted off other objects."
The shooting victims were all treated at the hospital and released, according to the memo.
At the time, eight deputies from the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office were working an off-duty detail at the club.
"Private security worked the front door and inside the club. They stated they were screening patrons prior to entering the club with metal detector wands. However, they admit they did not cover a “VIP” entrance in the rear of the club," the memo states.
"There were several shortcomings with the way deputies handled the scene that evening. Discussions have since occurred between the Department and the Sheriff’s Office to address those issues."
Back in July 2009, a lawyer for the operators of the former Annie' Entertainment Center, announced Sunday night hip hop and rap concerts were over after two men were shot and killed in a double homicide, according to Enquirer reports.
The lawyer's comments came after the commander at the time of District 2 police, Captain Doug Wiesman, said he planned to ask the nightclub operator to pull the plug on the concerts or face losing the club's dance hall and liquor licenses, The Enquirer reported at the time.
The club and the city had recently entered into a settlement that required Annie's to increase security after violence erupted in and outside the club on Sunday nights over the previous year, according to Dohoney's 2013 memo.
Two men were shot on the dance floor in June 2008. Later that year, in November, a Cincinnati police sergeant had to defend his life by shooting a suspect who was fleeing officers after they spotted him firing a gun in the club's parking lot, The Enquirer reported.
In 2008 and 2009, Cincinnati police were "experiencing many problems with the club during their Sunday Night Dances," Dohoney's memo states.
"Assaults, shots fired, traffic congestion due to cruising, etc. were common on these Sundays," his memo reads. "On January 3, 2009, Annie’s applied for a dance hall license from the City of Cincinnati. The City denied the Annie’s dance hall license at the recommendation of the Cincinnati Police Department.
"On March 20, 2009, Annie’s filed suit against the City for injunctive relief and on March 30, 2009, an administrative appeal. The parties negotiated in good faith over the settlement of the City’s denial of the dance hall license and Annie’s subsequent suits.
"The City and Annie’s entered into an Agreement dated April 30, 2009, in which Annie’s agreed to specific security requirements.
"Among those were:
"Annie’s agreed to have six Cincinnati police officers on detail duty from 11:30 p.m. Sunday night to 3:00 a.m. Monday mornings and two detail cruisers from 1:00 a.m. to 4:00 a.m. Monday mornings on the Sunday nights it holds dances, for a total of 8 detail officers.
"Annie’s agreed to enhance their security by using metal detector wands along with body pat downs of all patrons entering Annie’s.
"Twenty-one year old and older patrons at Sunday Night Dances
"In return for compliance with the terms of this Agreement, the City agreed to issue Annie’s a dance hall license," the memo states. "Annie’s agreed to dismiss its cases. It should be noted that a double homicide occurred outside the nightclub approximately three months after this agreement was signed."