Hundreds gathered in Boulder, Colorado’s University Hill on Saturday night, prompting police to disperse the massive party, Boulder police said Saturday. An estimated 500 to 800 people were there at the height of the incident, according to authorities.
CBS Denver reports that members of the SWAT team assisted police, who used a siren and gas to disrupt the event. Boulder Police Chief Maris Herold told reporters that two tear gas canisters were used. Herold added that, to his knowledge, no rubber bullets were used.
However, the crowd turned violent and some officers were injured when bricks and stones were thrown at them, Boulder police told CBS Denver. A fire truck was damaged and a car rolled over.
By 9 p.m., everyone had dispersed, leaving broken glass and debris on the streets. Some residents cleaned up the mess.
No arrests were made from 5 pm to 9 pm, and Herold said during a press conference that he believed “it would not be considered a best practice to send officers” into the crowd. Instead, the police department relies on the images from the body cameras, which will be released after an investigation.
An unidentified man told CBS Denver that the party and his subsequent confrontation with the police was destined to happen. “When we are all caged for months, there will be an explosion, and this was the explosion,” the man said.
The University of Colorado Boulder issued a statement condemning the party. “Any student found responsible for acts of violence towards police or first responders will be removed from CU Boulder and will not be readmitted,” the University tweeted.
“When health officials and police referred violations of public health orders to our office of student conduct, CU Boulder responded quickly and imposed discipline when the violations were established,” the University continued. “Disciplinary actions include provisional exclusions from campus and 45 suspensions so far this academic year. We will continue to take these actions to make clear that protecting our community and our campus is of the utmost importance and that we will not tolerate such violations.”
The 12th Judicial District Attorney’s Office issued a statement to CBS Denver calling the party “disgraceful.”
“The District Attorney’s Office will work closely with the Boulder Police Department to determine the identities of individuals who damaged private property and assaulted first responders because they should be held fully responsible for their outrageous actions,” noted the District Attorney for Michael Dougherty District.
Police will review body camera footage from the scene. the Boulder Police Department You are encouraging anyone with information or images from the party’s social media to come forward.