Most Boulder council members say police handled riot well |

Most Boulder council members say police handled riot well

BOULDER ” Most City Council members who watched a police video of an Oct. 30 riot said they approved of the way officers handled the crowd, which was shown throwing rocks and bottles, taunting police and shouting obscenities.

“I think nobody can realize how difficult that situation up there was unless you’re there,” Councilman Tom Eldridge said after viewing the videotape Tuesday.

Eldridge said the video shows police didn’t overreact. But Councilman Will Toor questioned whether officers should have stayed on the perimeter of the violence, instead of moving into the midst of it.

“I want to make sure that we’re not inadvertently creating a problem by pushing people into the streets,” he said. “And I take very seriously any allegations that people have of being mistreated.”

Police Chief Mark Beckner said two sergeants were working on the investigation full-time and the internal affairs unit will review any complaints that officers overreacted.

The riot broke out the night of Oct. 30 when police attempted to break up a Halloween party. About 1,500 people were involved, and four officers suffered minor injuries.

The damage estimate has risen to $25,000, and 11 cars, including a police cruiser and some University of Colorado students’ vehicles, were damaged.

At least 18 people have been arrested on riot-related charges, including 10 CU students.

Information from: Daily Camera,

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