Fight Breaks Out at OPD Boxing Match

By Lori Preuitt
|  Monday, May 24, 2010  |  Updated 10:35 AM PDT
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Fight Breaks Out at OPD Boxing Match

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A boxing match involving a member of the Oakland police department got out of hand Friday night and now members of the department are being asked some serious questions about their ring-side behavior.

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A boxing match involving a member of the Oakland police department got out of hand Friday night and now members of the department are being asked some serious questions about their ring-side behavior.

The fight, which turned into a mini-melee, was caught on video and posted on YouTube.

 

The trouble happened at the end of a "Badge vs Badge" event at the Sacramento Radisson between Larry "Psycho" Ward, who works at a state prison in Vacaville, and Casey Johnson, who works for the OPD had a heavyweight bout.

Witnesses say taunting by Johnson's friends, including fellow officers, got out of hand at the end of the fight.

Trash talk turned into a shouting and shoving match; and at least one chair was thrown.

No one was hurt.

The spokesman for the Oakland police said there will be an internal investigation.

"Any time we are in the public eye, we need to conduct ourselves in a professional manner," Jeff Thomason told the Contra Costa Times. "At this time there is not enough information to comment on what may or may not have happened."

 
There has already been one consequence for the melee.  For now, Oakland police officers have been banned from fights sanctioned by the International Association of Boxing.

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