Blarney Blowout: 2 of 53 arrestees
The justice system is methodically sorting out the 53 arrestees at the infamous Blarney Blowout, with a major offender striking a deal last week and another one making an appearance on Wednesday for a pre trial hearing that I'm told will be disposed of on June 9 with a plea deal.
Since the six charges include both Misdemeanors and Felonies it will be interesting to see what the Judge decides. Hopefully the $160,000 study/report from former Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis will be available by then as well.
At the very least I hope the consultants have requested copies of all 53 "Statement of Facts" from the APD arrests on that deleterious day.
Stephen Gage, 20, acted as a ringleader, firing up a huge throng of students to assault highly outnumbered Amherst and UMass police officers with "rocks, ice chunks, beer bottles and beer cans."
Also notice that indeed pepper spray was used on Mr. Gage, but only to subdue him as he struggled with officers while resisting arrest.
Yes, the problem with Blarney Blowout (or Hobart Hoedown) is you get a huge crowd of 1,000s of hyped up students -- most of them under the influence of alcohol -- and then it only takes a few "agitators" like Stephen Gage to create a major riot.
Of course when Mr. Gage appears before the Judge on June 9 he will be standing with only his (expensive) attorney.