Glorious weather on a long holiday weekend spelled trouble for APD, reminiscent of the September 9 Meadow Street Riot, when the north end of campus erupted in crowd violence while town and UMass officials were busy handing out oatmeal cookies and schmoozing with students in the south end of campus.
Once again the nefarious north became the general location for out-of-control nuisance partying, with Meadow Street again serving as ground zero. This of course is reason #1 neighbors (over the age of 30) in the north oppose North Amherst Village Center rezoning, fearing incidents like this will only magnify exponentially.
Police first responded to Townhouse Apartments on Saturday afternoon around 2:30 PM for reports of a "party going on and a band setting up in the quad area." But the band was given a verbal warning and the officer noted, "Quad filling up with students but nothing out of control at this time."
At 3:15 PM police are called back by apartment security regarding "beer bottles that were thrown in his direction." And at 6:00 PM, a female called wishing to press charges against a male student who drunkenly fell into her and chipped an incisor tooth. She also reported being struck in the leg by a thrown beer bottle while at the Townhouse quad party.
About this same time apartment security reports "while walking by unit #20 he had bottles thrown at him that missed but hit and smashed the windshield of a black Audi." At this point (6:14 PM) APD swoops in and shuts down the party, before the cover of darkness makes matters considerably worse.
According to police narrative:
1000+ and an unruly crowd, with numerous fights breaking out. Apartment #24 refused to disburse and control their guests inside and out. The apartment continued to party and refused to silence their music or clear the party. Residents (4) issued Town Bylaw noise citations and then became hostile, puffing their chests up and surrounding officers 101 and 110 in an attempt to overpower them. One party (Tyler Davidson) clenched his fists and charged. Placed under arrest for Assault and Battery on a police officer.
Tyler Davidson, age 23. Arrested for A+B on police officer, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct