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Police: 3,000 at Greenville party got out of hand

Posted November 1, 2014

— Police say a Halloween party of 3,000 people in Greenville got so out of hand they had to use pepper spray and tear gas to break up the crowd.

Authorities told local media that officers were called to Riverwalk Townhomes early Saturday morning after reports of the crowd shattering car windows, fighting and dancing on an East Carolina University bus.

Police say the crowd threw bottles at officers trying to help an injured man. Officers used tear gas to disperse the crowd.

Several people were taken into custody, and Greenville Police Chief Hassan Aden says possible charges once the investigation is completed include inciting a riot, failure to disperse, assault on a government official and damage to property.

Aden says he was highly disappointed at how the crowd behaved after police arrived.

"Our officers went in to rescue a seriously injured young man and were met by a hostile crowd who began throwing bottles and debris at our officers," Aden said in a statement. "It's highly disturbing that these people chose to attack the very individuals who were there to protect them."

An East Carolina University transit bus was damaged during the incident, school officials said Saturday.

"We are aware of the incident involving the bus and are working with Greenville police," Wood Davidson, director of ECU transit, said in a statement.

Windows of the bus were shattered, and the body of the bus was also damaged, officials said. The bus driver left the area safely, and all bus service to the complex was canceled, Davidson said.

Service to complex was restored Saturday.


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  • Itsmyopinion67 Nov 3, 2014

    Crazy pirates!

  • trafalgerfountain Nov 3, 2014

    This is the 'Wuss Generation' in action. They are just dying for an excuse to riot.

  • Maebe McCurtis Nov 3, 2014
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    What it really is is another example of how young people seem to think they are above the law, above the society they are a part of and above being responsible for their actions. I went to ECU and at no time was there THIS level of absolute ridiculousness. Hold the high schoolers accountable and they won't go to college acting with no sense of maturity whatsoever.

  • SAY 'WHAT" ONE MORE TIME! Nov 3, 2014

    So classy.

  • Tom Smith Nov 3, 2014
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    I have a 168 grain solution for this.

  • Lysander Nov 3, 2014

    Ahhh, Halloween in Greenville ah the memories. The party hopping, the drinking, the fighting...the fighting...I've said too much

  • NiceNSmooth Nov 3, 2014

    Chapel Hill of the East

  • notexactly Nov 3, 2014

    just another example that proves Greenville is as much a dump hole as it ever was.