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Brawl prompts scrutiny at beer garden

One officer was flung onto the ground in a wrestling bout and numerous people were tased or doused with pepper spray as officers attempted to arrest an unruly individual outside Hansen’s bar Aug. 7.

Two men and one woman were arrested in the scuffle.

The incident occurred outside the bar’s temporary front parking lot beer garden, where a 70-foot line of people waited to get in.

Owner Doug Hansen received permission for the one-day beer garden with six tables and seating capacity of 36 from the Washington State Liquor Control Board.

About 175 people were in the 230-capacity bar.

Officers John Bogen and Dan Fatt were patrolling the neighborhood Saturday night when they noticed the large crowd outside the bar.

They stopped at the scene and one of the bouncers told Bogen that a 32-year-old Seattle resident named Isaako Alefaio had caused problems several days earlier, and was again disturbing patrons.

According to Hansen, the man was at the sidewalk taunting people in line.

He then stepped onto Hansen’s’ parking lot.

Bogen went over to confront him and Alefaio shrugged him off, saying “I ain’t talking to you.”

He told the officer to stop harassing him and after refusing to show his identification or leave the premises Bogen told him he was under arrest for obstructing and criminal trespass.

After the officers placed handcuffs on Alefaio they were surrounded by several angry people. One held on to Alefaio saying she wanted his car keys.

Officers used their taser on her back in order to release her grip after repeated attempts to pry her off.

A crowd continued to surround the officers, according to their report.

Bogen used his flashlight to hit an individual’s arm who had grabbed onto Alefaio.

The officers radioed for help and Bogen sprayed 10-12 shots of Mace at about seven or eight subjects.

Meanwhile, Fatt struggled with other suspects, one of which flung him onto the ground.

A 27-year-old woman, Loralei Tua allegedly grabbed onto Fatt’s gun holster. He shoved her onto the ground before cuffing and arresting her.

Both officers stated in the report they were extremely concerned for their safety. Eventually more officers arrived to subdue the situation.

Hansen’s was closed for 20 minutes while the police restored order.

Alefaio was charged with criminal trespass, obstructing a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest.

The female who grabbed onto Alefaio was arrested for obstructing law enforcement, assault on a police officer, attempted theft of a firearm and resisting arrest.

Bremerton Police Capt. Tom Wolfe was briefed on the entire incident and said it reminded him of Bremerton’s bar situation five or six years ago, where such fights were common.

“That’s what we used to do all the time,” he said. “We would fight back-to-back out of a group of people.”

Wolfe said the police will continue to examine the safety of the outside beer garden at Hansen’s. They are inquiring with the police department rather it is legal.

“The drunk bar crowd is one of the scariest places to be in,” he said.

Wolfe said his officers showed “extreme restraint” in the incident.

“If they go for your gun all bets are off,” he said.

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