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Union for state parks police wants officers to have stun guns

Union for state parks police wants officers to have stun guns

The union representing state parks police wants officers patrolling the Saratoga Performing Arts Cen

The union representing state parks police wants officers patrolling the Saratoga Performing Arts Center to have stun guns to deal with combative music fans.

The request by union leaders comes in the wake of nearly three dozen arrests during the Dave Matthews Band’s recent two-night stand at SPAC. Officers also issued 58 tickets, many for marijuana and alcohol-related violations.

Leaders of State Park Police Local 2796 also say capping SPAC’s attendance at 15,000 and closing the venue’s beer garden would make concerts safer.

More than 50,000 fans attended Dave Matthews’ performances June 12-13.

A spokesman for the state parks department says the agency would review SPAC’s operations and security measures.

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