Boston’s former police commissioner says Amherst and UMass police used inappropriate force in last year’s annual party, which got out of hand and resulted in 55 arrests.
The school hired Ed Davis to assess how university and town police respond to large gatherings of students. This review follows dozens of arrests – and complaints of police overreaction – at the pre-St. Patrick’s Day”Blarney Blowout.”
About 50 UMass Amherst students met with university officials yesterday. The group requested the meeting to voice concerns about police and town response to Blarney Blowout.
About 100 students gathered to voice their opposition to what they say were “oppressive tactics” used by police at the weekend’s “Blarney Blowout.”
Officials in Amherst, Massachusetts are totaling up the costs of Saturday’s “Blarney Blowout.” The series of pre-St. Patrick’s Day parties saw more than 70 arrests and police in riot gear breaking up large gatherings.
Not all those arrested this weekend were students, but those who were will face consequences, Subbaswamy said. He promised “swift action” to address violations of the school’s Code of Student Conduct.
Four police officers were hurt as they worked to disperse hundreds of unruly students who were throwing beer cans and bottles at police on Saturday as large crowds gathered at an off-campus apartment complex, according to the Amherst police department.