JMU Riot Video: Dozens Arrested at JMU Springfest 2010 Riot
About 30 People Were Arrested As a Party Near James Madison University Turn Into a Riot? What Caused the JMU Riot?
A large crowd of approximately 8,000 people near James Madison University turned into a full-scale riot Saturday. The JMU riot led to the arrest of several dozen party-goers.
Local police reported that rioters threw bottles at police, who were forced to use pepper spray and tear gas to quell the JMU riot.
Around 30 people were arrested and several were injured by broken glass during the afternoon and early evening. A number of fires were started in garbage cans.
What Caused the JMU Riot?
Harrisonburg police said that the JMU riot was not necessarily caused by James Madison students. The riot was likely started by people from out of town.
JMU students and out-of-towners gathered for Springfest, a large three-day party that takes place at an off-campus housing area. The party usually draws about 4,000 party-goers, but this year about 8,000 descended on Springfest. Police think that the fact that the party was promoted on Facebook may have led to the large crowd.
What Happened During the JMU Riot?
When fights started, police reported that they tried to break up the crowd. Some party-goers threw bottles and rocks at officers, leading them to use tear gas. Riot teams from the Harrisonburg, neighboring counties, and Virginia State Police were needed to control the crowd.
This is the first time in about a decade that a JMU party turned into a riot. About 10 years ago, a back-to-school party turned ugly with dozens of arrests. Several officers suffered mild injuries.
While police have given their side of the story with regards to the JMU riot, some who were in attendance have a different perspective on what took place during Springfest. Check out NowPublic's scan for public reaction to the JMU Riot.
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