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Rioting erupts after university's football loss
Monday, October 6, 2003 Posted: 2:30 PM EDT (1830 GMT)

MANKATO, Minnesota (AP) -- Sixteen people were injured and 45 people were arrested after revelers got out of hand Saturday night during homecoming weekend at Minnesota State, Mankato.

As many as 3,000 people were in a crowd that gathered Saturday night in a largely student residential area, some setting fire to trash bins, tearing down fences, smashing car windows and throwing rocks and bricks at officers, police said. As many as 300 people took part in the rioting, police said.

"It was utter drunkenness," said Mary Iverson, a homeowner in the area where the disturbance took place.

Two officers retreated after reaching the scene and waited for backup.

"When police backed off, the students were so excited because they thought they had defeated the cops," said Brian Boothe, a senior. :rolleyes:

Police in riot gear then used eye and skin irritants to disperse the crowd. Four officers were injured by objects thrown at them, said Jim Franklin, the city's public safety director.

The area became so dangerous that it took an armored vehicle to pick up a student who reportedly wasn't breathing, Franklin said. Police also received reports of students being assaulted by fellow students. About a dozen people were treated for injuries at a nearby hospital.

Franklin blamed alcohol for the problems.

Witnesses said the riot started when about 400 students at a party after the game became violent and started throwing empty beer bottles at around 11:30 p.m. As the crowd grew, students damaged vehicles and filled the street.

About 160 police officers were called in before the crowd was finally dispersed about 4:30 a.m. Sunday, Franklin said.

Mankato lost the homecoming game 20-9 to North Dakota State. The team is winless six games into the season.

Bob Idding, who lives nearby, said he couldn't believe what was happening.

"It was the scariest feeling in the world," Idding said. "I shouldn't have been there, I know that. My wife and I were telling each other, 'This isn't Mankato, Minnesota. We have police in riot gear in the streets."'

The university's president, Richard Davenport, said students identified in videotapes that were taken at the scene would face disciplinary action. (y)

"I found the events of last night deeply disturbing," he said. "To the extent that our students were involved with others, we are extremely disappointed."

He also said, "We all know that alcohol is a big problem socially, and we saw it in our community last night."
 
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Sounds like when the Tiger's won the pennant in 84 (?). I lived in Michigan than and they said it was a rather peaceful ceremony. Cars were turned over, fires started, people injured, but nobody was killed...

Happens in L.A. too...
 
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Sounds like every the aftermath of every Championship the bulls won!

Im miss college :( The mayhem... well we never got that bad... but we always got drunk and a little rowdy!
 
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Not a sports fan, but just stopped to say I like the your name for this thread!
 

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Thanks Lisa! :)

My son has his high school homecoming this Friday....I think the two schools playing have good sportsmanship though. There is a little too much rivalry between the two big high schools here in town...but they're not together for homecoming at least! :)
 
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Thank You Lan! I didn't even realize it was that close until I saw it in big red letters here. My daughter's b-day is at the end of Sept. & my son's is at the end of Oct. so I just kinda forget about mine, but that's probaly just a symptom of a woman after 30- you would just rather forget about it! ;)
 

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Lisa: I'm afraid it WILL be remembered again on the 10th by the TSG birthday greeter! :D
 

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