Aldean Concert A Recipe for Killing Careers for Cops
By Frank Parlato
Maybe she should have known better and gone to a Justin Bieber concert.
Cops, or rather ex-cops, like Kelly Alcorn, the Niagara Falls policewoman who had to retire recently from her $91,000-a-year job after beating up a woman at a Jason Aldean concert, should be advised that going to an Aldean concert can mean a career-ending drunken scene, criminal charges and probation, and work at a 7-11.
In fact, anything can happen at an Aldean concert.
Like when in Raleigh, N.C., a man was shot by a drunk. Or in Chula Vista, Calif., where a man was brutally beaten by, of all people, drunken U. S. Marines.
Or at the Gexa Energy Pavilion in Dallas, Tex., where a 24-year-old woman asked the person in front of her to move. Instead, she threw beer. Or, at the same concert, where four drunken men piled out of a pickup and beat a 33-year-old man from Buffalo, Texas, hitting him at least once with a baton. His crime was asking not to be run over by the men on their way to see Aldean.
Or take the case of 29-year-old, alcohol-and-Aldean-inspired Randy Shack who hit a cop in the left eye at a Dallas event hard enough to draw blood. He was arrested and told alcohol and Aldean don't really mix.
That brings us back to Darien Lake, the scene of Alcorn's assault on a line jumper.
Aldean returned again this summer. Alcorn stayed away.
The Aug. 18 headline in the Batavian says it all: "Country star Jason Aldean at Darien Lake means, of course, lots of arrests."
And there were: about 100 altogether.
Fighting, harassment, disorderly conduct, marijuana, spitting on personnel, crawling under fences to enter and re-enter the concert venue, physically grabbing one another, dozens of ejections, hundreds of consumption of alcohol charges for people under age 21.
Following this concert, Aldean took his stupefying, white-trash drunk show to Scranton and there, police officer David McDermott, a 24-year-old Pennsylvania police officer, played the fool Alcorn played a year earlier.
According to reports, police working in the parking lot during the concert came upon McDermott who was merely enjoying the concert, whistling Aldean tunes and having a good time, calling people names.
At one point McDermott fell into a vehicle that wasn't his.
He ended up in one fight and almost bit a man's thumb off. He stumbled around some more before getting into another fight with a 31-year-old man who was barbecuing in the parking lot after McDermott called his wife an unpleasant name.
Ultimately, a 53-year-old man had enough of McDermott and knocked him on the ground. McDermott was found shirtless, lying face-down, surrounded by security guards when police arrived. Police said he smelled of alcohol and had slurred speech and bloodshot eyes.
Later that night, at the same concert, a 40-year-old man was killed by a drunken driver while leaving the concert.
Some law enforcement sources told the Reporter that, if you must go to a Jason Aldean concert, either you should not be a law enforcement officer, or you should not get drunk and beat people up, or better yet, both.
It's too late for Kelly Alcorn or probably soon- to be- ex-officer McDermott.
And as for Aldean, the hits and the drinks keep coming.
|Niagara Falls Reporter - Publisher Frank Parlato Jr.||www.niagarafallsreporter.com||
Dec 17, 2013