Harrisonburg Police Break Up Party

Harrisonburg Police Break Up Party

There are 82 comments on the NBC29 Charlottesville story from Apr 10, 2010, titled Harrisonburg Police Break Up Party. In it, NBC29 Charlottesville reports that:

Riot police use tear gas to break up an out-of-control college block party in Harrisonburg.

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studentN8

Harrisonburg, VA

#1 Apr 10, 2010
Springfest, if it is a "crime", is a victimless one. I want to see some statistics on the number of students hurt or the amount of property damaged by anonymous students before this tear gas used to break up a social gathering in the middle of the day is justified by the police
JMU112

Luray, VA

#2 Apr 10, 2010
It wasn't out of control until they showed up with tear gas. BRUTALITY!
Michele

Windermere, FL

#3 Apr 10, 2010
Look at youtube and you will see videos of what the "innocent" drunk punks were doing. GO to whsv.com and watch the video before you voice your opinions on something you know nothing about. It was out of control and this is why the riot police were brought in. I am appalled at the ignorance conveyed by some people. Do you not think the police officers have anything better to do than break up a party of over 8000 drunken kids setting things on fire. I heard a police dog was killed by some of these "innocent" students. Get a life!!!
JMU Parent

Richmond, VA

#4 Apr 10, 2010
Based on crowd control training in the National Guard, several things are supposed to happen by law enforcement at the scene including, but not limited to:
1. Proper warnings to vacate the area by loud speaker/bull horn (not txt message)including instructions in which direction to go to exit the area. Proper warnings of action to be taken if instructions are not followed.(Exit routes to be pre-determined)
2. Adequate time allowed for the crowd to respond to the commands & start exiting the area; ensure that the exits are accessible by the crowd.
3. Law enforcement elements to move in a way that directs the crowd to the exit(s).
4. Tear gas deployment contingencies determined before deploying,include prevailing wind direction /weather conditions to ensure effective deployment and minimum unintended drift to neighboring areas.

Were these procedures followed?
Michele

Windermere, FL

#5 Apr 10, 2010
Again, look at youtube and at the whsv site. Drunks were all over the place. How can you communicate an area that large? Direct exits? It was going on in yards, townhouses, apartments, etc. This didn't happen in a building. It was outside. Over several blocks. 8000 drunks setting dumpsters on fire, walking in the streets, probably driving. Think before you form your opinions and surely not have a clue what they were dealing with.
Michele

Windermere, FL

#6 Apr 10, 2010
I see you are a JMU parent. Maybe you need to monitor your childs activities if you were told by him/her that this was unnecessary.
justanotherguy

Charlottesville, VA

#7 Apr 10, 2010
Everyone knows JMU is just a party college. So why is everyone so surprised? police are constanly out there to break up fights and parties gone bad. Another question: what parent would willingly pay for their child to go there? "I want you to have a great education. So I'm sending you to JMU where you can learn about drinking and drugs. Good luck son"
wasted tax dollars

Chase City, VA

#8 Apr 10, 2010
Check this video out of it and tell me cops shouldnt have done what they did! Come on people. I vote to charge JMU for the service that was needed to break this trash up.

sam

Harrisonburg, VA

#9 Apr 10, 2010
To Michele: you're from Ohio and you're telling people to watch videos before forming an opinion?? Yet you are forming one. If you should know anything its that you can't form a true opinion from media. Video's show one side of the story!! The JMU Parent is very correct in saying that the correct procedures were not taken! Nothing wrong was going on (ie. setting dumpsters on fire) till the police gassed people with no warning. And how can you correctly assume that ALL 8000 people were drunk... you can't! There was wrong-doing on both parts but there is no need to place all the blame on students just trying to enjoy a nice Saturday afternoon. As to justanotherguy JMU is an excellent college with great credentials, you can find partying at EVERY college if that is what you want to do... not everyone at JMU chooses to do so. MANY MANY people leave JMU with excellent degrees and grades, and end up in excellent careers!
Proud JMU Student

Harrisonburg, VA

#11 Apr 10, 2010
I am insulted by "justanotherguy"'s comments about JMU. Overall, Madison is an amazing university that has provided me with the best education I could have asked for. JMU life is not all about drinking and doing drugs, and you are frankly just ignorant to claim that. I wish you would spend a little time down here: look in on some of our classes, check out a couple clubs and organizations, attend a few events, experience a sporting event, find out about our numerous campus ministry options. Get to know JMU and the Dukes before you condemn us all as drunks and druggies.

That all being said, I am not happy with the behavior of my fellow Dukes and those visiting my town tonight. Whether they were provoked by the police or not, their actions were appalling.

But remember, police estimated the crowd to be around 8,000 individuals, many of which were visitors. Under half the school was at that block party. Please, do not judge an entire school based on one night. Those students were in the wrong, but that does not make my entire JMU education worthless.
true

Stuart, VA

#12 Apr 11, 2010
set up the tri pod and open fire, population control
brainiac

Charlottesville, VA

#13 Apr 11, 2010
it looks like things were getting out of control for sure. the police seemed to have responded appropriately.
Kag

York, PA

#14 Apr 11, 2010
justanotherguy wrote:
Everyone knows JMU is just a party college. So why is everyone so surprised? police are constanly out there to break up fights and parties gone bad. Another question: what parent would willingly pay for their child to go there? "I want you to have a great education. So I'm sending you to JMU where you can learn about drinking and drugs. Good luck son"
Making generalizations in any area of life is problematic. I too am disturbed about what happened yesterday at JMU. However, my daughter is a graduating senior who has had a great educational experience at JMU. She and her friends/roommates are great young adults who work hard and have all been admitted to prestigious graduate programs. It is unfortunate that situations such as this that involve unruly students color opinion about the entire university.
Proud JMU Prof

Harrisonburg, VA

#15 Apr 11, 2010
JMU students are incredible. I know students who were at the block party selling hot dogs to raise money for Haiti. I bet that won't be reported in the local newspaper or TV station.
Laughing at the fools

Marietta, GA

#16 Apr 11, 2010
Proud JMU Prof wrote:
JMU students are incredible. I know students who were at the block party selling hot dogs to raise money for Haiti. I bet that won't be reported in the local newspaper or TV station.
so bring it to their attention, that's great.

However the ones doing that didn't bring it to the attention of the police, the drunken, stumbling ones that were setting dumpsters on fire, smashing car windows, and urinating in people front yards caused that...
Nancy

Charlottesville, VA

#19 Apr 11, 2010
sam wrote:
To Michele: you're from Ohio and you're telling people to watch videos before forming an opinion?? Yet you are forming one. If you should know anything its that you can't form a true opinion from media. Video's show one side of the story!! The JMU Parent is very correct in saying that the correct procedures were not taken! Nothing wrong was going on (ie. setting dumpsters on fire) till the police gassed people with no warning. And how can you correctly assume that ALL 8000 people were drunk... you can't! There was wrong-doing on both parts but there is no need to place all the blame on students just trying to enjoy a nice Saturday afternoon. As to justanotherguy JMU is an excellent college with great credentials, you can find partying at EVERY college if that is what you want to do... not everyone at JMU chooses to do so. MANY MANY people leave JMU with excellent degrees and grades, and end up in excellent careers!
YOU GOT TO BE KIDDING..........
pigs need cages

United States

#20 Apr 11, 2010
justanotherguy wrote:
Everyone knows JMU is just a party college. So why is everyone so surprised? police are constanly out there to break up fights and parties gone bad. Another question: what parent would willingly pay for their child to go there? "I want you to have a great education. So I'm sending you to JMU where you can learn about drinking and drugs. Good luck son"
My friend who is an ocular surgeon in a prestigious private practice did his undergrad at JMU before being accepted to Johns Hopkins medical school where he was first in his graduating class. I also recall reading that Governor McDonnell's daughter is a cheerleader at JMU. If there is video evidence of rioting, maybe that is because the riot was started by uneducated, lower class, ignorant w h i t e trash pigs who are jealous of their betters. I hope the parents who "willingly pay" will now willingly pay for some lawyers to move in and make sure that the city of Harrisonburg pays for their decision to call in state police storm troopers, and I suspect that the governor will have a clearer understanding of the quality of the JMU student body than the ignorant trash that caused this riot. We may not read about it, but some trash are going to be demoted and moved to the top of the list of who gets fired to balance the budget. How much sympathy do you think the governor has for the fat crybabies who came to his office to whine for more money after he got the real truth about what happened from his own child?
Jiao Zi

United States

#22 Apr 11, 2010
I went to that party thinking it would be calm, cool and collected. I was wrong. That party was out of control, I fell like I was in another country. The police didn't use ENOUGH force. Yes, there were many people there who didn't even drink any alcohol, like myself. However, there were hundreds of hundreds of out of control drunks and it was very scary. JMU is a great school...But I wish they would have better control of their students!!!!!!
pigs need cages

United States

#23 Apr 11, 2010
true wrote:
set up the tri pod and open fire, population control
I rest my case. I am sure that this writer considers themselves patriotic, but the fact is trash is trash. In any case, population control needs to be imposed on the ignorant, not the brilliant.
pigs need cages

United States

#24 Apr 11, 2010
Jiao Zi wrote:
I went to that party thinking it would be calm, cool and collected. I was wrong. That party was out of control, I fell like I was in another country. The police didn't use ENOUGH force. Yes, there were many people there who didn't even drink any alcohol, like myself. However, there were hundreds of hundreds of out of control drunks and it was very scary. JMU is a great school...But I wish they would have better control of their students!!!!!!
Please return to your own orderly society and take "true" with you. You both seem better suited to living in a totalitarian country ruled by despots, and neither of you are suited for life in a representative constitutional democracy.

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