3/19/13 AFD loads ETOH female after dealing with combative crowd (note PD not wearing riot gear)
So yeah, I suppose you have to take a pro-police statement coming from firefighters, those other highly trained public servants, with a grain of salt.
After all, let's look at what happened last year at the Blarney Blowout, which was localized to Townhouse Apartments quad area.
When AFD was called to the scene for a young woman who had passed out from too much alcohol, she was dead in the center of a boisterous drunken crowd of well over 1,000. And as they tried to negotiate their way through that undulating maze of humanity the unarmed firefighters, who do not wear riot gear, came under fire.
At first just snowballs, but quickly escalating to cans and bottles -- some of them full.
APD waded into the crowd (without riot gear) to escort the firefighters out of a dangerous situation. And not long after they marched back into that crowd to disperse them (while wearing riot gear helmets) resulting in six arrests and no injuries.
3/9/13 Police in riot gear helmets break up Blarney Blowout at Townhouse Apartments
The key points to remember about this year's disastrous Blarney Blowout -- which shows a pattern -- are 1) police were overwhelmingly outnumbered and 2) they only used force after the largest drunken crowd anyone has ever seen in our little college town started to hurl ice, rocks, bottles and cans.
Yes, police made 58 arrests -- a LOT more than last year. But still no injuries.