A massive street brawl in downtown Reno Saturday prompted several bars to close their doors with patrons inside to stop crowds from forming. Police swarmed the streets and even used rubber bullets to disperse the group. They say it took hours to finally clear the streets. Bar manager Brandon Deriso admits intoxicated people can occasionally get unruly, but he says this type of street fight is abnormal for the area. He thinks increasing police presence on
Second Street is unnecessary. “Raising anxiety with a more aggressive presence isn't going to help the situation anyway,” says Deriso.
Instead, he and other bar managers are turning to social networking tools to help keep troublemakers out of their establishments. Deriso created a private Facebook page where managers and bouncers can post a picture of someone who’s been kicked out of a bar for acting badly. For the rest of the evening, other bars will know to be on the lookout for that person.
The “Downtown 86 List” is private, and only participating bars can see the information. In addition to the site, many bar owners are also working with Reno’s Downtown Alcohol Advisory Committee to identify and solve problems.