Police clad in riot gear make an arrest on Fearing Street near Frat
UPDATE: UMass announces "comprehensive review" of police/town/university response to Blarney Blowout. No BIG surprise (sarcasm).
#####Bowing to pressure brought to bear by 100 kids holding a good old fashioned "protest march" and snippets of video posted on the web, UMass President Caret is calling for a full investigation of the Blarney Blowout including how heavily outnumbered police handled the sordid situation.
Objects were throw from 3rd floor roof of Frat
He also complained to a Springfield Republican reporter about the Amherst bars being allowed to open early that day, and that those businesses bear some responsibility. Except of course the bars were NOT open early that day, as the Select Board stopped allowing that a few years back because of the problems it caused.
Perhaps the President just wants to look like he's doing something -- since the Blarney Blowout is receiving such blowout national media attention -- but he picked the wrong people to cast aspersions upon.
Interestingly President Caret hyped a "performance review" issued today that gave the highest rating ("Excellent)" for the goal: "Admit high-quality students, striving to increase the academic profiles across all campuses." Not the greatest timing in light of Blarney Blowout BS.
Amherst Firefighters just released a statement strongly supporting the actions of the Amherst, UMass and State police who had to rein in the largest out-of-control crowds this town has ever seen. Firefighters reportedly faced "repeated aggressive and assaultive behavior."
Crowds THAT large, under the influence of copious amounts of alcohol, are a danger to themselves as well as innocent bystanders. By many, many accounts (mine included) bottles and cans were hurled at police officers before the pepper balls started flying.
If President Caret wants to call for a full investigation, how about looking at discipline meted out these past few years for the hundreds of students arrested for rowdy off campus behavior? Or why UMass doesn't provide on campus social events to preoccupy kids?
55 APD arrests vs only 3 UMPD arrests underscores the battles were all fought off campus.
Amherst police will now be seconding guessing their use of any force over the next few months, just when the weather turns warm and partying escalates exponentially.
It's going to be a l-o-n-g spring.
Police on North Pleasant Street, town jurisdiction, 12:10 p.m.