FOXBORO, MASS. (WPRI) - More than a hundred people were arrested Friday night at a country music festival taking place at Gillette Stadium.
Police confirmed the arrests Saturday morning but Chief Ed O'Leary told Eyewitness News on Thursday that he was optimistic that the overall number of arrests would be down compared to last year's event.
Most of the department's 31 full-time officers are keeping a close eye on the two-day festival, which has a reputation for rowdiness - last year, some 600 people were arrested in total, and two people who attended the festival filed a civil-rights lawsuit against the police department for allegedly taking people who weren't intoxicated into protective custody.
Chief O'Leary said that two other major events at Gillette earlier this year - a Taylor Swift concert and a Bon Jovi concert - went smoothly and he hopes that's indicative that new enforcement strategies are working.
Patriots spokesman Stacey James agreed, and said that so far it appears that the overall number of arrests will be lower than last year's totals.
More information is expected to be available Sunday morning about the exact number of arrests from the festival.
The second night of the concert resumes Saturday at 5 p.m.
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