“No one at the main entrance had a proper counter and employees were pointing at each other indicating who was actually keeping count,” Ruiz said in his report. Patrons were wall-to-wall on the first floor and stage area.... We consulted with (Police) Sgt. Michael Simard, who indicated that if we prevented the people who were waiting on the sidewalk from entering the establishment, a greater hazard might be created.”
Inspectors ordered that people outside could not be allowed in until people inside left.
El Centro has had other problems in earlier years.
Police cited the club twice in 2010 for allegedly serving minors, including on March 11, when police and agents for the state Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission found 17 minors, including teenagers, either drinking or on the premises, according to a police report.
Two years earlier, the club was firebombed.