Block Island council calls for meeting Thursday following fighting arrests

This is photo of a fight at Ballard's Beach Club, Monday, Aug. 9, 2022. (Bruce Darelius)

NEW SHOREHAM, R.I. (WLNE) — The New Shoreham Town Council will host a meeting Thursday in response to the turmoil that happened Monday.

According to the agenda, the council will “discuss and act on incidents that occurred on August 8, 2022 that required police response.”

The call for the meeting comes after seven people were arrested on the Block Island Ferry following a fight and another person was arrested at Ballard’s for fighting there.

The latest incident follows raucous behavior that happened July 4. 

Earlier Monday, First Warden Andre Boudreau and Second Warden Sven Risom issued a a joint statement calling the situation shocking and saddening.

“We are shocked and saddened by the incident on the Block Island Ferry last night and we appreciate the work of the first responders who took action to restore order. As a Council, we are committed to making Block Island a healthy community and a wonderful place to live and visit and are united in that goal,” read the statement.

The council will also examine safety initiatives moving forward and will also look to appoint another interim police chief.

Current interim chief Peter Chabot is slated to resume his role with Rhode Island State Police at the end of the week.

Last week, nominee for the full-time post, Christopher High, withdrew his name from consideration.

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