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Police respond as thousands party on N.C. State's campus

Posted May 3, 2010

— More than 30 Raleigh police officers responded early Monday after 2,000 to 3,000 people partied on North Carolina State University's campus.

Police say the party began at the Brickyard, then went to the Bell Tower and spilled out onto Hillsborough Street. About 400 people tried to go downtown, but police stopped them at St. Mary's Street.

Some construction barrels were turned over, but no one was arrested. Students say the event was advertised on Facebook.


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  • spam2 May 4, 2010


    At this recognition the group decided to turn around and march back towards campus. And honestly, the group was exhausted.

    How could this have NOT happened? Well, if the campus police had allowed music to be played at the brickyard, the 5 minute rave would have occurred there. Thousands gathered in the brickyard, and the DJ was forced to leave. Soon, a non-student drove his truck int he brickyard to the middle of the crowd, to play music, but was again stopped by CAMPUS POLICE. They escorted him out to the public street but the crowd followed.. FURIOUS that they could not rave.

    And that my friends, is the account, of what happened.. in the early morning hours of May 3rd.

  • spam2 May 4, 2010

    The police made a defensive line on St. Mary's street prohibiting "the group" from crossing the street. Thus, the group decided to halt as well. The group, at this point, was only using cross walks- and crossed the street once when it said it was okay for pedestrians to cross.

    At the police defensive line (photo here: http://hphotos-snc3.fbcdn.net/hs085.snc3/15299_1336388735405_1401690503_31020931_6347298_n.jpg) the group chanted "RED ROVER RED ROVER SEND... RIGHT OVER" and "WE GOT SPIRIT YES WE DO, WE GOT SPIRIT HOW BOUT YOU?".. with little comment from police.

    Finally, at the end of the standoff the group decided to sit down (PHOTO HERE: http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc3/hs105.snc3/15299_1336387695379_1401690503_31020928_72248_n.jpg) SGT. Jackson emerged from the police line, and told the rest of the police to get back. The group remained seated. He informed the group that he had not seen anything like this in 10 years, and that he knew we were having a good time.

  • RPD07 May 4, 2010

    Freezy and Braddyg

    1) The decision to cancel the event was up to NCSU PD, not RPD so that was out of our hands

    2) Just because and event is "canceled" does not necessarily mean that the student still wouldn't show up. There have been plenty events "canceled" that there is still a crowd that gathers for other reasons.

    Emergency vehicles have no problem going down Hillsborough St, trust me, I make calls down there and see fire trucks and ambulances do the same. Is it tight? Heck yes but it can be done.

    The crowd ONLY moved because the police told them to. Yes, they followed the commands but as soon as they started moving again, they took to the street UNTIL WE HAD TO TELL THEM AGAIN TO GET OUT OF THE ROAD.

    How is that not a big concern?

  • braddyg May 4, 2010

    Also, it seems likely to me that the massive construction project on Hillsborough St would be the biggest hindrance to emergency vehicles trying to get to a call. I'd think that's a much larger concern than people who temporarily spilled into the street and moved when asked.

  • Sir Freezy McQuackers May 4, 2010

    @RPD07: Keep in mind that the crowd wouldn't have overflowed to Hillsborough St if either:

    1) they'd been allowed to have their quick dance party which would have been contained to the Brickyard.

    2) the police hadn't waited until everyone showed up to cancel the event instead of contacting the event's organizers days or weeks beforehand.

  • wdprice3 May 4, 2010

    There is a troll among us.

  • wildcat May 3, 2010

    When a parent says they don't care, it tells you already the kind of kid they have. Its sad. Pray for families like this.

  • wildcat May 3, 2010

    and I don't care

    one of these old days YOU will care.

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  • wildcat May 3, 2010

    and I don't care..why should you ? pald315

    You are your Own child's problem. Grow up and become the parent you should be. You are the father/mother not the friend. Seek counseling for guidance and help on this.