UMass Students 'Riot' Following Patriots Super Bowl Loss

I hesitate to call this a riot, considering some of the violence we've seen after big sporting events in the past. Nevertheless, UMass-Amherst students gathered in the streets following the New England Patriots' loss in Super Bowl XLVI, resulting in a brief altercation with police. And it was, by all accounts, fairly brief.

Police quickly swooped in following the game, issued an order to disperse, and fired tear gas into the crowd a short time later, according to a MassLive report.

Riot squads on hand well before the end of the game, issued a dispersal order at approximately 10 p.m. and used flashbang and smoke grenades to disperse the crowd approximately 10 minutes later. Riot squads and horseback officers marched through the crowd minutes after that.

By the time riot squads intervened firecrackers had been set off, glass bottles smashed, one building scaled by one student, and at least one fight had broken out in the middle of a large mass of rowdy rioters. At least one student was restrained by a group of three officers in riot gear.

Here's video that was supposedly shot at the scene, as well.

Hopefully that's the extent of the riots on Sunday night. Elsewhere, all seems to be quiet, with no significant reports of crowd gatherings or violence.

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