A Chance the Rapper concert in Hartford, Connecticut, went off the rails this weekend, leaving 90 in the hospital for severe alcohol intoxication.
The three time Grammy award-winning rapper was headlining Hot 93.7’s Hot Jam concert at Xfinity Theatre in Hartford, and he attracted a thoroughly underage crowd. Hartford Deputy Police Chief Brian Foley said this led to more hospital evacuations than normal and excessive brawling.
“A ‘typical’ concert is around 20-30 transports. Sixty would be very bad. We had 70 once, and 90 last night,” Foley told the Hartford Courant. “It depends on the act that is in town and the fan base age.”
Officials at local hospitals are aware that concerts appealing to an underage crowd feature a type of drinking conducive to mass chaos, and an inability by certain individuals to control themselves. Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford saw 15 teenagers from the concert with blood alcohol levels that were off the charts.
“It’s just crazy,” said John Brancato, assistant director of the hospital’s pediatric emergency department. “It’s not like adult social drinking, where you’re out with friends or family and you have a glass of wine or beer … or two, or three. With the kids who get brought into the hospital, they drink with one sole purpose, and they don’t understand anything about how their bodies will handle it,” he said. “They have a time frame and they want to get blotto before they go in.”
Video of the concert’s tailgates speak to the accuracy of Brancato’s description, and Foley posted one to show parents what they are allowing their kids to do. “Parents: Did you drop your teen off at the concert tonight? This is what it looks like,” the video’s caption read.
Did you drop your teen off at the concert tonight. This is what it looks like. & HPD is enforcing underage drinking in the lots. pic.twitter.com/4vboiyEo63
— D/C Foley (@LtFoley) July 21, 2017
The concert warns that different precautions need to be taken, depending on the nature of the event. Despite increased medical staff and 70 on duty police officers at the venue, Hartford Fire Capt. Raul Ortiz said the “constant cycling of transports” overwhelmed the department. Backup from hospitals in Farmington, Manchester and New Britain was needed.
“Additional steps will have to be taken to address these issues at these concerts,” Foley said.
American singer and rapper Chance the Rapper, whose real name is Chancellor Bennett, has not publicly commented about the hospitalizations yet. He released an album last year called The Coloring Book.
He was also a close friend to former President Barack Obama, and even advised him on a few policies during his tenure through the “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative. Other rappers involved included were Nicki Minaj, Wale, J. Cole, DJ Khaled, and Ludacris.
See additional videos of the mayhem below:
1:2 HPD has made a high number of Underage Drinking Referrals. I’m told there was an extraordinary number of EMS transports of severe ETOH. pic.twitter.com/22oqv5OCUk
— D/C Foley (@LtFoley) July 22, 2017
2:2 Additional steps will have to be taken to address these issues at these concerts. pic.twitter.com/MP37uleHV7
— D/C Foley (@LtFoley) July 22, 2017
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