Officials adding surveillance after violent weekend in downtown Bloomington

By Alyssa Donovan

October 7, 2013 Updated Oct 7, 2013 at 10:00 PM CDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ill.-- Violence over the weekend in downtown Bloomington has city officials working to improve surveillance throughout the area.

Lee Eutsey has been driving party buses in downtown Bloomington for 10 years and he says the violence has gotten out of control.

The Owner of Magic Bus shuttle became a victim to an attack last spring.

"I started this business driving these buses by myself and I've had to add 2 people on top of each driver to keep us safe from the violence and destruction,” Eutsey said.

After witnessing several fights Eutsey started bringing a camera to work to record the incidents.

He caught a large fight on video Saturday night.

Eutsey says he feels there needs to be more police patrolling the streets.

"What I would like to see happen is an ounce of prevention from the police, have more of a police presence,” Eutsey said.

Bloomington Police Assistant Chief Ken Bays says there were six officers assigned to the area that night and responded to the fight in less than three minutes.

When officers arrived at the scene nobody wanted to speak about the incident.

Bays says with the amount of people downtown there was actually a lot less violence than they expected.

Eutsey says from what he has seen most of the violence is happening here on Washington street outside of the bar Chasers.

The bar was recently fined 14,000 dollars by the city liquor commission for serving alcohol to minors.

Mayor Renner says the city council and police are working on another ordinance as a solution to the violence.

"We are going to step up the number of cameras from 5 to 20 in downtown. That will help with crime prevention and enforcement. The police have asked for that and the council has agreed,” Renner said.

Mayor Renner says the ordinance still needs to be discussed at a city council meeting but cameras are expected to be up and running by November.

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