Body camera footage released from University of Dayton Police details the troubles officers faced in trying to break up a large gathering of people in the student neighborhood on St. Patrick’s Day.
Police went out to the UD student neighborhood in riot gear on March 17, in response to students celebrating St. Patrick’s Day.
» PHOTOS: UD students on St. Patrick’s Day
In the videos, students can be seen blocking Lowes Street and disobeying police orders to leave the street and re-enter their houses. In one video, partiers appear to throw several items at police, including what looks like beer bottles and cans.
The footage was released today in response to a public records request submitted by this news organization to UD on March 19.
“As a whole, University of Dayton police officers and Dayton police faced an extremely difficult and dangerous situation with professionalism and care. They reacted with great restraint when rocks, bottles, fireworks, other projectiles were thrown, some striking officers without protective gear. The crowd ultimately dispersed peacefully with no major incidents or injuries,” the university said in a prepared statement.
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UD Police eventually pushed crowds indoors after problems erupted during this year’s St. Patrick’s Day. Body camera footage shows they then went door to door asking people who were not students to leave student houses.
Out-of-control parties can be a somewhat familiar scene for UD police on St. Patrick’s Day.
In 2013, a riot broke out on St. Patrick’s Day evening, when more than 1,000 people gathered on Keifaber Street and students were jumping on cars, throwing glass beer bottles and yelling at police officers. Police from 10 jurisdictions responded to the incident, which was the first major St. Patrick’s Day problem since the 1990s.
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