“Numerous community member vehicles were also damaged, including one that was flipped over by the mob and one struck with objects as it attempted to drive south on 10th Street.”
Hundreds of students at Colorado University threw a party on University Hill on Saturday. Police showed up to disperse the crowd, but tempers flared. From CBS Denver:
The group grew violent toward police and other first responders. Boulder police says officers were hit with bottles and rocks and a fire truck sustained damage.
Police officials say one officer avoided serious injury after being hit in the face with some kind of blunt object. The officer was wearing a gas mask which took the brunt of the force.
Three other officers suffered minor injuries.
Maris Herold, the Boulder Police chief, says a SWAT vehicle suffered “thousands and thousands and thousands” of dollars worth of damage.
No other less lethal tactics were used, Herold said. She added she believes officers made the right decision in not using other tactics as an effort to not further agitate the crowd.
“Numerous community member vehicles were also damaged, including one that was flipped over by the mob and one struck with objects as it attempted to drive south on 10th Street. Many other vehicles were jumped on and damaged by the crowd,” said the city in a news release.
The city says a fire truck sustained damage while driving through the area, and some jumped on the back of the truck as it was moving.
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