Police in riot gear disperse crowd at the gateway to UMass
Ever since the start of summer I've been anxiously anticipating the release of the Ed Davis study otherwise known as the Blarney Blowout Report -- not that I think taxpayers will get their $160,000 worth.
But now in the wake of the Ferguson, Missouri troubles, I'm hoping it doesn't come out for a while, at least until things settle down in that troubled town.
Other than the image of police clad in riot gear there's no real comparison between what is going on now and what happened in Amherst on March 8. Although I'm sure clueless critics will try to make that association.
First off, our police were outnumbered 50-1, as opposed to Ferguson where police seem to outnumber protesters. And at the Blarney Blowout, fueled by copious amounts of alcohol, police came under direct attack from the unruly mob via rocks, bottles and chunks of ice.
The effervescent event was covered by local media in real time and the national media quickly picked up those dispatches. But no reporters were hassled by police, much less arrested.
Amherst police do not use rubber bullets, military grade smoke bombs, or tear gas grenades, or patrol in heavily armored vehicles.
And they do not shoot unarmed citizens.
Amherst and UMass police made 58 arrests at the Blarney Blowout