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Partiers Attack Police in Amherst, Mass.

March 17, 2014  | 

Last weekend, a pre-St. Patrick's Day rite that drew more than 4,000 people degenerated into violent confrontations with police officers, who donned riot helmets and used pepper spray to break up crowds that lobbed beer bottles, snowballs and fireworks, reports the New York Times. The Amherst, Mass., police said they arrested 55 people and issued additional summonses, with charges ranging from disorderly conduct to assaulting a police officer.

"This is the largest I've ever seen it, and I've been a police officer in town for 30 years," said Amherst PD Police Chief Scott P. Livingstone.

The melee angered university administrators, led to complaints on campus about the use of force by the police, and confounded residents, who wondered how the partying could be controlled. On Thursday, the university announced that it had retained Ed Davis, a former Boston police commissioner who led the department during last year's bombings at the Boston Marathon, to review the way the university and the town handled Saturday's disturbance and previous ones.

"You're never going to do away with incidents of this kind on college campuses or cities when large numbers of people want to celebrate," said Robert L. Caret, the president of the five-campus University of Massachusetts System. "What you want to think about is how you mitigate this from becoming an unlawful, dangerous situation."

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MarshalMN @ 3/17/2014 8:32 PM

Typical liberal whiners making excuses for rioters. Can we expect more when these things happen; e.g., Mohammad Weiss Rasool, Per Investors Business Daily, In the early 2000s, Rasool immigrated to the U.S. from Afghanistan, took a job as a police officer with the Fairfax County Police Department outside Washington. He was a sergeant before authorities realized they had an al-Qaida spy in their ranks. According to a Justice Department complaint filed in 2008, Rasool searched a national criminal database containing names of terrorist suspects and confirmed that FBI agents were tailing a Muslim pal from his mosque. When agents went to arrest the target, they found him and his family destroying evidence. They knew they had a mole, and worked back through the system to find Rasool. He confessed after hearing a recording. Today, he works for the IRS. Feel safer now? Obama still accepts MB donations.

tedb @ 3/18/2014 8:16 AM

MarshalMN: While that is an interesting story and proves how screwed up our immigration system and our never-ending search for "diversity" are, what is the nexus to maggots rioting on a liberal campus and the sissy college administrators blaming the police for responding and controlling it?

rob @ 3/18/2014 8:38 AM

College students who have the world issues figured out, a massive party, and booze. Where could the issues be? I do not see it, most be the evil fun hating police.

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