As many as 2000 students at the University of Massachusetts Amherst rioted in the streets tonight following the New England Patriots’ 21-17 loss to the New York Giants. There were riot squads at the ready. Police used flashbangs and smoke bombs break up the action and supplemented with horseback officers who waded into the crowd gathered in student residential area. Police were on hand because reports indicate rioting in conjunction with major events is simply something students at UMass Amherst sometimes do:
Approximately 1,000 students rioted last May to mark the death of Osama Bin Laden, lighting small fires and scaling Berkshire Dining Commons’ low-hanging awning, chanting, flashing and setting off fireworks before a row of riot gear-clad officers marched at the crowd and sent rioters fleeing through campus.
None were arrested following the 2011 celebration and campus officials issued a release praising the handling of the situation.
The relative ease with which police broke up the gathering tonight made University spokesman Edward Blaguzewski hesitant to use the word riot, telling local media authorities were dealing “with a large crowd and there was a need to issue a dispersal orderto move them along.”
Masslive.com reports police made 8 arrests after students poured into the streets following the Patriot’s Super Bowl loss to the Giants 4 years ago.
Videos allegedly made during the riot were uploaded to Youtube Sunday night, including the one seen below, which was accompanied by a description indicating campus police on horseback “shot at the crowd–not with real bullets, but with what I’m sure hurts like a mother effer.”