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Off-Campus Street Party Turns Violent

Mon., May 6, 1996

An off-campus street party erupted in violence when members of a crowd pelted police with beer bottles and screamed “Gas us” as officers sprayed tear and pepper gas to break up the mob. Twelve people were arrested.

“They absolutely would not leave,” said Lt. Michael Madden, who commanded 100 officers at the annual spring gathering near the University of Akron early Saturday.

A similar disturbance disrupted an annual block party off the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus late Saturday and early Sunday. Two police officers and a firefighter were treated for minor injuries and eight people were arrested.

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