Police, pelted by crowd, arrest about 65 in Kent State University neighborhood in night of merry-making
Police say about 65 people were arrested Saturday evening after Kent State University students and other revelers pelted officers with bottles, rocks and debris.
Most are charged with failure to disperse and underage drinking. Those unable to post bond will be arraigned today. The others are due in court Wednesday or Thursday.
Students on East College Street, just west of campus, began celebrating the end of the school year early Saturday. The party, advertised as College Fest, turned into a riot after police arrested one person.
The crowd reacted to the arrest by throwing things at officers, who called for more officers, who were also pelted, said Lt. John Altomare in a news release at 3 a.m.
A SWAT team and neighboring police departments arrived to help disperse the crowd of “several thousand,” Altomare said.
Officers marched down the street ordering people to leave. “The crowd continued to throw objects at officers and began building fires in the middle of the street,” Altomare said.
When firefighters arrived to douse flames as high as power lines, they too, were pelted with rocks, bottles and bricks. Police fired tear gas and pepper-spray balls, a dispatcher said.
The crowd was dispersed by 10:30 p.m.
Several officers and a firefighter received minor injuries. No one in the crowd reported injuries, police said.
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