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Video: University Officer Badly Injured During Calif. Spring Break Riot

April 07, 2014  | 

VIDEO: University Officer Badly Injured During Calif. Spring Break Riot

Six officers were injured Saturday night, one significantly, after a Spring Break street party near the University of California at Santa Barbara became a melee and then a riot.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff  Bill Brown told KTLA that the university police officer was struck in the head by a backpack containing large bottles of alcohol while responding to the spring-break party, dubbed "Deltopia," about 9:30 p.m. Saturday in Isla Vista.

“It knocked him down, split his forehead open to the point that he needed extensive suturing,” Brown said.

When an arrest was made, the crowd became unruly, officials told the Los Angeles Times. Several people threw rocks and bottles at officers and an unlawful assembly was declared, according to a statement from the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department. During the melee, street signs were ripped down, small fires were set and Sheriff's Department vehicles were damaged, authorities said.

Five deputies were injured, including one who was hit in the face with a brick, and dozens more people were sent to the hospital for related injuries, authorities said. Approximately 100 people were arrested.

Tags: Campus Police, Rioters, Officer Injured, California


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Retired Chief @ 4/7/2014 8:43 PM

Reminds me of the Isla Vista Riots in the early 70's where they burned down a branch of the Bank of America. L A County Sheriff SEB came under mutual aid and applied some "aggressive" counter measures which ended the riots but did not sit well with the politically correct types. IMO with deadly weapons being thrown at officers causing severe injuries the time for playing nice is over.

tedb @ 4/8/2014 11:11 AM

Retired Chief: I'm sorry, but did I misunderstand you when I thought you referred to bottles and rocks and bricks as "deadly weapons"? I have it on good authority (No less than the Director of CBP/DHS) that such innocent objects, when used against Border Patrol Agents by immigrants peacefully entering the United States, are not considered weapons and the officers should merely take cover and wait it out. YES, I'M JERKING YOUR CHAIN! Some of these "snakepits of higher education" ought to learn from history and grow a pair. The words "You are expelled" don't seem to be a consideration with these maggots. Incidentally, I was with an S.O. in the Bay area during Isla Vista and we sent some folks down there too. Work Safely!

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