Hundreds gathered in Boulder, Colorado University Hill, on Saturday night, prompting police to disperse the mass party, Boulder police said Saturday. Authorities say about 500 to 800 people were there at the height of the incident.
CBS Denver reports that members of the SWAT team helped police use sirens and gas to interrupt the event. Boulder Police Chief Maris Harold told reporters that tear gas worth two canisters had been used. Harold added that no rubber bullets were used to her knowledge.
However, the crowd turned violent and some police officers were injured when bricks and stones were thrown at them, Boulder police told CBS Denver. A fire truck was damaged and the car overturned.
By 9 p.m., everyone had dispersed, leaving broken glass and debris in the streets. Some residents cleaned up the mess.
No arrests were made between 5pm and 9pm, and Harold told a news conference that he believed “it would not be considered best practice to send officers”
An unidentified man told CBS Denver that the party and the ensuing clash with police had to happen. “When we’ve all been in cages for months, there will be an explosion and that was the explosion,” the man said.
The University of Colorado Boulder issued a statement condemning the party. “Any student found responsible for acts of violence against law enforcement or the responders will be removed by CU Boulder and will not be re-admitted,” the university wrote on Twitter.
“When health officials and police referred public order violations to our classroom, CU Boulder responded quickly and imposed discipline when violations were found,” the university continued. “Disciplinary action includes temporary expulsions from campus and 45 suspensions so far this school year. We will continue to take these actions to make it clear that protecting our community and our campus is paramount and that we will not tolerate such violations. “
The 12th District Attorney’s Office issued a statement to CBS Denver, calling the party “shameful.”
“The district attorney’s office will work closely with the Boulder Police Department to determine the identities of those who caused damage to private property and attacked first responders, as they must take full responsibility for their scandalous actions,” the district said. Prosecutor Michael Dougherty.
Police will examine camera footage of the body at the scene. The Boulder Police Department encourages anyone with information or social media footage from the party to come out.