OPD Banned From Boxing Matches After Fight

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    The Oakland Police Department has temporarily been banned from International Association of Boxing matches after a fight that broke out at an amateur boxing match in Sacramento Friday night.

    The IAB is investigating what led up to a pushing and shoving match involving rival law enforcement officers inside the Radisson Hotel in Sacramento.

    The fight broke out at the first-ever Badge vs. Badge boxing event. It started just after the heavyweight title fight between Casey Johnson of the Oakland Police Department and Larry Wood of the California Medical Facility in Vacaville. Wood was the winner.

    Oakland police say they will comment on the incident Monday.


    "Somebody from whatever side said something to the other side and they kind of came together," said Tom Gaffney, Badge vs. Badge organizer.

    Now the IAB is trying to determine who, if anyone, should face penalties. In the meantime, the Oakland Police Department is banned from IAB sanctioned events.

    In a written statement, the department said, "Anytime we are in the public eye, we need to conduct ourselves in a professional manner. At this time, there is not enough information to comment on what may or may not have happened, but we will conduct our own internal investigation."

    Gaffney said the fight is being blown out of proportion. He said no one was hurt or arrested, and the hotel was not damaged.

    Gaffney said the officers weren’t out of line, but they "could have controlled their emotions a little bit better."

    People in the Sacramento community have mixed emotions about the skirmish.

    "Unacceptable," Russell Twomey said.

    "That’s really unfortunate that our own law enforcement would engage in that kind of violent activity," Kim Ainsley said.

    "Doesn’t shock me, doesn't bother me," Chris Whitman said.

    "I think that it's guys being guys," Amy Dykstra said.

    Gaffney said he originally started Badge vs. Badge to put officers in the spotlight, but not a negative spotlight.

    He is planning another match for August. Gaffney said he plans to invite Oakland police back.

     

    KCRA.com contributed to this report.