Canton Residents Angry After St. Patrick’s Day Chaos

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — For the second time this week, controversy over crowd control. This time, Canton spiraled out of control on St. Patrick’s Day. Now residents want to know why police did nothing as hundreds of revelers trashed the square.

Meghan McCorkell has the police response.

Police say it was a misunderstanding that led to people openly drinking on the square but some people who live here say that’s not acceptable.

The crown jewel of Canton transformed into a garbage dump.

“It wasn’t even necessarily the fun time that folks were having. It’s the mess that they left behind,” said Canton resident Stephan Fogleman.

Home video shows St. Patrick’s Day chaos on Canton’s O’Donnell Square. Hundreds of people were openly drinking, and beer, crushed glass and trash were everywhere—and police didn’t stop it.

“There was a breakdown, an enforcement breakdown on the part of the Baltimore police department. We are in the process of rectifying that,” said Anthony Guglielmi, Baltimore City Police.

Police admit there weren’t enough officers to control the massive crowd. They had their hands full that night at the Inner Harbor, when a surge of teens caused a massive disturbance.

Canton residents want to make sure this doesn’t happen again.

“O’Donnell Square is sort of the front yard—or backyard, as it were—for most of us residents so we like to keep it clean,” Fogleman said.

Early Sunday morning, workers at area businesses and community members banded together to clean up the square.

“You really can’t fault the businesses. They did clean up,” said Greg Marsh.

The Canton Community Association received letters from concerned neighbors who are upset at this mess.

“We had sort of a perfect storm. The weather was phenomenal, there were people just dying to get out, St. Patrick’s Day fell on a Saturday,” Marsh said.

The board is now investigating how the annual celebration spiraled out of control.

The Canton Community Association will hold a public meeting next Tuesday where residents can vent their concerns.

Police vow this won’t happen again. They are reviewing patrol plans for Canton’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration next year.

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  • Dm5738

    This was a largely White crowd but yet no pictures are shown of the chaos they created. If this was a Black crowd as at the Inner Harbor it would not have been so easily explained away. Of course “weather and wanting to have a good time” had NOTHING to do with Black young people wanting to be at the Inner Harbor. Talk about a double standard.

    • Billiam

      Dm5738 – there is no double standard; only the one you think there is. The big difference is no one stabbed anyone in Canton and there were a hell of a lot more people in Canton than at the Inner Harbor. Yes, the weather was a big factor because it brought a ton of people to Canton, much like it does to the Inner Harbor. However, no one in Canton runs through the restaurants or outside dining tables screaming at the top of their lungs for no reason.

    • Wiseguy

      A bunch of white people getting drunk is a bit different than thugs invading the inner harbor…. shooting and stabbing people. Every Ravens home game there are 70,000 drunken tailgaters that don’t stir up as much trouble as the B-more thugs on any given day.

  • dank

    NEWSFLASH – Well-to-do people who overpaid for 900 sq ft row-homes get drunk in public and leave their trash behind…. This is what happens, Canton. Get over yourselves. At least it isn’t another story about Peyton Manning. Slow news day.

  • ecko

    the black people came to fight and hurt people thats the difference

  • W.S

    dank… big difference between white drunks leaving trash and black thugs shooting, stabbing, and disrupting peacful park goers…

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  • Sean

    Hey Canton get over yourself! People go down there to drink and raise hell on the weekends most people know that already

  • julia crislip

    Get over it Canton….thats bull…we never asked for our family neighborhood to be turned into a club scene and a place for drunks to hang….We pay high dollar taxes because of the new and improved Canton…Well to the folks that grew up here…it sickens us. To have our neighborhod turned into a night club scene so the property value can go up and the taxes go up….We the people had no say in what happens in our neighborhood……..all we have now is our memories. and we will not get over it.

  • gary

    well well now whitey want to complain about there own acting stupid and ignorant. all these crackers want to do is get drunk and high on ectasy pills. nothing will get done because they are white

  • seanmahair

    …..and again they didn’t shoot, stab or abuse anyone. I realize it’s hard to understand the degree of difference, all that high level logical thinking and all but I guess thats the difference between what happened in Camden and what happened in the harbor.

    It’s why we left and why we encourage our remaining family to leave.

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