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A bar fight downtown got out of control early Sunday morning, leading to multiple citations and a broken door.

A bar fight downtown got out of control early Sunday morning, leading to multiple citations and a broken door.

About 20 people involved in downtown bar fight that broke glass door

Bouncers at a downtown bar called police for help after a fight involving about 20 people got out of control early Sunday morning.

The fight took place at a bar at 701 East Washington Ave. at approximately 1:35 a.m, according to a Madison Police Department log of significant calls. Multiple officers responded to the frantic scene, where bouncers were attempting to remove patrons from the establishment.

During the incident, the glass door to the bar was broken — police believe a 27-year-old woman, who was later cited, smashed it on purpose. Another 27-year-old woman was cited as well, the MPD report said, for “instigating much of the disturbance.”

On the date of the incident MPD was especially busy, receiving 371 calls for service between 5:30 a.m. Saturday and 5:30 a.m. Sunday. The Central District, and later the entire department, was forced to go to “priority calls only” early Sunday morning after officers were stretched thin responding to gun calls, fight calls, and shots fired reports, according to the daily log. 

UPDATE Dec. 4, 1:29 p.m.: A previous version of this article identified the bar in question as The Brink, based on information published in the police log. A manager at The Brink informed The Daily Cardinal that the fight actually took place at a different bar. MPD said it could not comment on the incident until the report was in, but that log posts have not been vetted by the department's public information office. The Daily Cardinal regrets this error.

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