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City officials respond to early morning Springfield brawl

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SPRINGFIELD, MA (WSHM) -

A brawl in the early morning hours in the city's entertainment district resulted in nine arrests and four police officers injured.

Lt. Robert Moynihan of the Springfield Police Department told CBS 3 that it all started around 1:45 a.m. Saturday.

The incident began inside The Fat Cat on Worthington Street.

An extra detail was at the bar when officers heard a disturbance on the radio.

Moynihan said females were fighting with the detail, and the fight made its way out to the street as backup arrived and a brawl ensued.

Mayor Domenic Sarno said 60 people in all were fighting and it required 20 officers to respond.

"It is not acceptable and not fair to the rest of my neighborhood areas," said Sarno. "It is why I put the sanctions in place."

During his press conference Saturday afternoon, Sarno said he plans on using whatever sanctions he can against the Fat Cat.

Sarno said he wants people to realize that his pushing for stricter closing-time laws on city bars is making an impact.

"Thirty-five percent reduction of calls and crime in this area and other places that I have issued my special night permits," Sarno stated. "So, I am not going to tolerate it."

While police eventually got the situation under control, they said it is up to the citizens of Springfield to stop these types of incidents from happening.

"We had four officers hurt last night," said Sgt. John Delaney. "We cannot tolerate this anymore. The citizens of Springfield have to step up and not tolerate these types of establishments to run mayhem through the streets."

Of the four police officers who were injured, two were relieved of duty immediately, however all four are now off the street for the time being.

The Fat Cat owner Michael Torcia spoke with CBS 3 media partner, Mass Live and The Republican, Saturday evening.

He said there are two sides to every story and his attorney instructed him not to say any more than that at this time.

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