May 18, 2008

"Wes Riot" Footage and 911 Calls

More has been released in what some are now calling the "Wesleyan Riot."

This video shows the police and students clashing. It's from a student's perspective, but shows that the students were in fact being rather belligerent.


Some of the 911 calls made on that night have also been released, available here.

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

this is unrelated...
but mads, the layout sucks.

green girl said...

I don't enjoy the police, but I think I enjoy people who get drunk and become assholes slightly less.
I'm not convinced it was warranted, but more than anything, what a mess .

Also, the layout is kind of really really creepy.

Anonymous said...

wow - that's just awful all the way around. i don't care if one feels it necessary to pick a side here, but that clip is scary. i hope something like that wouldn't happen here at VC.

Anonymous said...

10.22, i'm with you on that!

Anonymous said...

Isn't this supposed to be a commentary on Vassar life? Who gives a fuck what goes down in Wesleyan!

Anonymous said...

hater alert
recommended strategy: ignore

zack said...

"Fuck you! You're pieces of shit!"

Not a great image of Wesleyan students. I have to say I think the cops were using necessary force for the most part, except for the fact that they allowed for a situation to happen where a police dog bit someone (though no one may have directly encouraged it). Those kids were being overtly hostile (violent if you believe the Sgt's response) at cops who were called in for a noise complaint. The police were doing their jobs and while not all of the kids were being assholes, obviously the only ones hit with pellets were among those who refused to leave when they were asked to.

Anonymous said...

zack, there is huge longstanding tension between the wesleyan community and their town's police department. i hardly think that you should paint their encounter with the police as being totally justified so blithely. i doubt it is ever really okay to bring dogs, paintball guns / rubber bullets, and TASERS to a group of students, no matter how drunk or belligerent they are.

for the record, zack, it wasn't a single isolated dog incident- there are multiple reports of students being attacked by dogs. get yr facts straight.

Anonymous said...

there may have been tension, but [some] of those kids were also being entitled brats. the police were entitled brats too. the end.

Anonymous said...

how about this instead of the creepy faces?

http://i27.tinypic.com/13zn712.jpg

Anonymous said...

How would you react to 12 police cars pulling up to a TH party and telling everyone to leave?

First, you'd stay to see what all the commotion was about and tell you friends to come see it.

Second, when they start macing, setting off smoke bombs, and chasing with dogs, you'd freak the fuck out and start screaming at the cops.

The party was in the street, but all of the houses on the street were owned by Wesleyan and contained students. They had parties there a lot, much like the TH's and yeah sometimes they get big and sometimes security breaks them up.

But this was unnecessary force and I don't think the student's reactions were unwarranted.It could have happened here.

The police incited the riot.

Anonymous said...

That header is disgusting as well.

Anonymous said...

11:30 - I would probably bolt at the sign of the first car.

Anonymous said...

actually, 11:30, i really wouldn't start screaming at the cops