Downtown Columbia becomes safer with 'problem-oriented policing,' police say

Friday, April 16, 2010 | 12:01 a.m. CDT; updated 9:53 a.m. CDT, Friday, April 16, 2010

COLUMBIA — Downtown was out of control after the final Missouri-Kansas basketball game March 6. The bars were packed, many revelers were drunk, and police had their hands full with fights. Even a hot dog vendor took a punch as a drunken patron stumbled onto the sidewalk outside of Quinton’s Bar & Deli on Ninth Street.