Police in Boulder, Colorado, are reportedly investigating after multiple officers were injured after responding to a massive party near the University of Colorado campus Saturday night.
Hundreds of people gathered in a neighborhood west of campus, according to photos and videos taken on the spot.
The university said in a statement tweeted shortly after 10 p.m. that it was aware of the meeting and warned that people in the area could be subject to arrest and school penalties.
Eventually, a SWAT team was called to the area, and authorities estimated there were as many as 1,000 people at the scene, according to 9News in Denver.
– Marc Sallinger (@MarcSallinger) March 7, 2021
Looks like there’s a no-mask party on Hill in Boulder. Horrible, horrible looking when we are so close to the end of the pandemic. @CUBoulderPolice @police Can anything be done? pic.twitter.com/UIyD6Gsbhr
– Ben Berman (@benfromsf) March 7, 2021
The school said it received reports of an officer who was injured while police tried to break up the massive gathering.
“We are aware of a large party at University Hill on Saturday night and reports of violence against police officers who responded to the scene,” the university said in a statement.
“We condemn this conduct. It is unacceptable and irresponsible, particularly in light of the volume of training, communication and compliance that the campus and the city have devoted to ensuring compliance with COVID-19 public health orders,” he added. “CU Boulder will not tolerate any of our students engaging in violence or damaging property.”
Police said three members of the SWAT team were hit with bricks and an emergency response vehicle was damaged during the chaos. Authorities are reviewing body camera footage of officers while investigating the violent acts of crowd members, local media reported.