Man injured in bar brawl threatens to sue police, says he “pays their salary,” gets arrested at hospital for disorderly conduct
CLINTON: On Saturday, March 11, at about 11:57 p.m., Officer John McNamara and Patrolman Kyle Grady of the Clinton Police Department were dispatched to Tee’s Liberty Tavern (located at 301 High Street) after an employee called in to report that he kicked someone out of the bar for throwing a beer bottle at another patron during an altercation.
“Upon our arrival a male party later identified as Ryan Flannery (DOB: 11/18/1995) was found lying on the ground dazed and appeared to have just been in an altercation,” wrote Officer McNamara in his Narrative for the incident, adding that Sergeant Joe Lefebvre, Patrolmen Michael Fazio and Matthew Champagne responded to the scene shortly after his arrival. “When asked what happened, I could not understand him. Patrolman Fazio and Patrolman Champagne stayed with Mr. Flannery while I attempted to identify other involved parties.”
Shortly after entering the tavern, Officer McNamara said he encountered a 44-year-old man by the name of Adam Zoldack, who said he was involved in the altercation. Zoldack told Officer McNamara that Flannery was in the bar playing pool, began arguing with several people, and then tried to leave the establishment with beer in hand. According to Zoldack, the altercation ensued when he told Flannery he couldn’t leave the establishment with the beer.
“Mr. Zoldack told him he can’t leave with a beer bottle and an altercation ensued,” wrote Officer McNamara in his Narrative. “Mr. Zoldack stated Mr. Flannery attempted to hit him with the beer bottle and the two ended up on the ground. Mr. Zoldack stated he did not know who Mr. Flannery was, and did not want to press charges against him or write a written statement about the incident. Other individuals at the establishment declined to make any statements.”
Meanwhile, outside the tavern, Patrolman Fazio checked to see if Flannery was conscious and/or had any injures, while Patrolman Champagne called for an ambulance. Patrolman Fazio added that a man by the name of Geoffrey Alderson was standing above Flannery as he lay on the pavement.
“I noticed that Flannery had a large bloody cut under his right eye and I presumed that he was the one who was struck with the bottle,” wrote Patrolman Fazio in his Narrative. “I asked him where he got hit with the bottle and Mr. Alderson told me that Flannery was the one who threw it. I asked him where the victim was and he looked down the sidewalk where a group of people were standing and said, ‘Down there.’ Officers John McNamara, Kyle Grady and Sgt. Lefebvre were approaching the group of people and began to speak to them.”
After taking note of shattered brown glass around the entrance of the bar, Patrolman Fazio began to question Flannery.
“I asked Flannery what had happened and he began to become argumentative towards me and demanded that I go get his belongings so he can be on his way. I told him that the ambulance was on the way to check out his eye,” wrote Patrolman Fazio in his Narrative. “While he was sitting up, he continued to yell and demand that I go look for his red duffle bag so he can leave and told me that he pays my salary. While he spoke to me, I observed that his speech was slurred and he had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emanating from his breath and he was obviously intoxicated.”
When the Clinton Fire Department arrived on scene a short time later, Patrolman Fazio said Flannery was “belligerent” with the fire fighters as well, and threatened to report them to the state representative for the district. According to police, Ryan Flannery, 27, is a resident of Falmouth Drive in Grafton.
“Flannery refused to be treated and continued his belligerent behavior and threatened to call the state representative for the district. At this time, I determined that he was highly intoxicated and advised him that he was going to be placed into protective custody,” wrote Partrolman Fazio in his Narrative. “While he was still sitting on the ground, I grabbed one arm and Officer Champagne grabbed his other arm to assist him onto his feet. He began to tighten up and twist his body while we tried to get him off the ground. At that time, he leaned back and I rolled him over onto his stomach and I was able to safely secure his arms and put him in handcuffs. During the incident, he was yelling obscenities and causing a scene in front of the people standing outside.”
After he was placed in handcuffs, Patrolman Fazio said that he stood Flannery to his feet, where he was met with the fire fighter who once again asked if he wanted to go to the hospital for treatment. This time, Flannery said he wanted to be taken to the hospital.
Patrolman Fazio escorted Flannery to the ambulance and accompanied him to the emergency room at UMass Memorial Health Alliance’s Clinton Hospital. After fire personnel brought Flannery into an exam room, he allegedly began yelling obscenities, disturbing the staff and other patients in the emergency department.
“It should be noted, at the time of his arrival, there were multiple people being treated in different rooms. There was also multiple emergency room staff throughout the area when Flannery was causing a disturbance and acting out in a manner that was disruptive and offensive. When Flannery was being transferred to the bed, he yelled loudly, ‘pu$$y a$$, bit*h a$$, fa@!ot a$$ cops!’”
Patrolman Fazio then advised Flannery that he was under arrest for disturbing the peace, adding that he needed to keep quiet while also allowing the staff to treat him. Flannery then reportedly told Patrolman Fazio that he was going to sue him, adding that he’ll be permanently retired from the police force for performing his duties incorrectly.
“While he was in the hospital bed, I noticed that he had ear phones sticking out from his sweatshirt. I told him that I am going to remove them and put them with his property,” explained Officer Fazio in his Narrative. “When I attempted to remove his ear phones, I noticed that his cell phone was in his front pocket. I went to take his phone out and he quickly put his hands over his phone and put pressure down on it to prevent me from removing it. He yelled that I do not have a legal right to go through his pockets and remove his belongings. I told him that he was in custody and cannot use his phone and it will be placed with his property. I removed his hands from his phone and took the phone out of his pocket. He again yelled obscenities that echoed throughout the emergency room. While he was in his tirade, it became such a disturbance that an emergency room staff member requested that the door to his room be closed to lower the volume of his voice so other patients would not be disturbed anymore.”
According to Officer Fazio, Flannery was treated and eventually cleared by the emergency room doctor. He was transported back to the Clinton Police Department for booking.
Flannery was charged with disorderly conduct and disturbing the peace.
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