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Riot at Kent State Saturday Night - Swat Team Called In

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posted on Apr, 27 2009 @ 07:36 AM
An end of the year party at Kent State became a riot with a Swat team called in, firing rubber bullets and pepper spray at the college kids.

link to article:

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- An end-of-year college block party spiraled out of control as police fired pellets and used pepper spray to break up hundreds of rioting students who sparked a string of street fires at Kent State University.

Video posted on the Internet shows students hurling furniture and street signs into the flames on Saturday night as a SWAT team in riot gear converged on the crowd. Kent police said the party grew violent after one reveler was arrested and students began pelting officers with bottles, bricks and rocks.

It was the first violent clash between Kent State students and police in years. In 1970, four Kent State students were killed by Ohio National Guard troops during a campus protest of the invasion of Cambodia.

They don't explain in the article - exactly why the kids began to riot and burn things.

Officers tried to chase students away from the street and shot them with paint balls and pepper spray, Wolford said. Many students ignored orders to leave, hiding behind houses and peeking out to see what was happening, he said.

"When police first started making their little charge down College Avenue, they yelled, 'Get in your houses or we'll arrest you,'" Wolford said. "When one student stayed on his lawn, two officers sprinted at him and just kind of grabbed him forcefully and arrested him."

On Sunday morning, splotches of paint stained nearby houses, and shards of glass littered the grass and pavement.

"The cops were being nice, and two minutes later we were shot by rubber bullets for no reason," junior Jamie Farrell told the university's student newspaper.

Why did the college kids decide to burn things? I would think someone would have thought to ask that in the article. What was the catalyst to the burning?

posted on Apr, 27 2009 @ 07:43 AM
KSU is my Alma Mater. These parties have always occurred this time of the year. When I was there 90-94 they never got out of hand. One thing was certain though. There was always a sofa or a couple of chairs thrown on a bonfire.

I think this recent uprising is just a reflection of what our society has become. A disrespect for a authority and a no fear of reprisal attitude has swept the nation in the past 15 years or so. It gets worse when the crowd grows and and the group think mentality kicks in.

posted on Apr, 27 2009 @ 08:30 AM
it did touch on why... looks like someone got arrested and it pissed off the crowd.....

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