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Posted at 11:50 PM ET, 03/ 3/2010

Several arrested in U-Md. postgame celebration

By Erica Johnston

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(Photo by Sarah L. Voisin/Post)


Update, 1:10 p.m.
Several videos of the scene during the melee have surfaced on YouTube. Check out one of them here (warning: strong language).

Update, 1:23 a.m.
Campus and county police arrested several people early Thursday morning as police tried to disperse crowds on campus and on Route 1, said Paul Dillon, a spokesman for the University of Maryland Department of Public Safety. Charges were not known.

He said that authorities had to extinguish two fires around 1 a.m. In one, a tree was ignited outside of Montgomery Hall. Some trash cans were set ablaze outside McKeldin Mall.

Dillon said that Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Police were on horseback and Prince George's County officers on foot were used to disperse crowds along Route 1.

D.C. Sports Bog posted a video highlighting students storming the court and photos of the street scene in College Park.

Earlier:
First, University of Maryland Terrapin fans watched their men’s basketball team dispatch rival Duke 79-72 at home Wednesday night. Then, they took to Route 1.

Washington Post photographer Sarah L. Voisin reported from the scene that hundreds of students screamed in celebration and took over Route 1, effectively shutting down the main artery through campus at the intersection of Knox Road.

Just after midnight, police on horses and on foot wearing helmets and using shields moved to disperse crowds gathered in the street around that intersection. No further details on the methods used to disperse the crowd were available. There were no reports of any injuries. It was not immediately clear if there were any arrests.

Police said they had no reports of any vandalism or significant property damage during the celebration.


In recent years, some basketball games -- usually against ACC rival Duke -- have been celebrated or mourned with raucous behavior, so police and firefighters were out in force near the campus tonight.

-- Clarence Williams

By Erica Johnston  | March 3, 2010; 11:50 PM ET
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Comments

I'm in college park right now and was maced just walking back to my sorority house, not directly of course. Granted, I live directly on route 1 and people were being raucous and unruly. However, I did witness mace go off inside a 7-11 and The Diamondback (school newspaper) is reporting mass arrests. I'm indoors now, but when I was out there, it was much less than peaceful.

Posted by: Terp2012 | March 4, 2010 1:04 AM | Report abuse

Although there weren't fights or a ton of vandalism, this riot was not peaceful. People were throwing objects and snowballs at the police, and students were being pepper sprayed left and right. A lot of kids got handcuffed and walked to a big van so there were definitely arrests and some people got trampled when the crowds ran from the officers

Posted by: luvablejohnniet | March 4, 2010 1:38 AM | Report abuse

classy... very..very classy.. typical TURD-LE fans...

Posted by: DMV4LIFE | March 4, 2010 2:00 AM | Report abuse

What's a celebration without a few sofas burning in the streets?? :-)

Go Terps!!!


Posted by: Jaymand | March 4, 2010 2:11 AM | Report abuse

MD police suck. When they won the final four, no one was doing anything out of line, and those jerks came and sprayed tear gas. They are trigger happy jerks! We are in the Great Recession, let the people celebrate - you rough necks.

Posted by: friendofalobar | March 4, 2010 2:12 AM | Report abuse

domestic terrorism.


oops, just drunk sports fans.


nevermind.

Posted by: forestbloggod | March 4, 2010 2:16 AM | Report abuse

I watched an innocent bystander get beat to ground and his friends trying to help him simply got maced by the cops beating their friend to the ground. They used tear gas, mace, and beat people with sticks. No one was doing anything wrong but celebrating that we beat our rivals. There was no need for the cops to be there. They were unnecessarily hurting people. Something needs to be done.

Posted by: kgoldsbo | March 4, 2010 2:23 AM | Report abuse

I watched an innocent bystander get beat to ground and his friends trying to help him simply got maced by the cops beating their friend to the ground. They used tear gas, mace, and beat people with sticks. No one was doing anything wrong but celebrating that we beat our rivals. There was no need for the cops to be there. They were unnecessarily hurting people. Something needs to be done.

Posted by: kgoldsbo | March 4, 2010 2:23 AM | Report abuse

police were so brutal and out of line. they were hitting kids with batons who were already walking away. tackled a kid who was obviously drunk and kicked him and beat him with their sticks. charged up campus and chased after kids. not peaceful.

Posted by: emily21 | March 4, 2010 2:26 AM | Report abuse

Punks. Self absorbed punks who think the world owes them something. Unfortunately, far too often, lessons in respectful behavior have to be taught be law enforcement due to a lack of effective parenting.

Posted by: johnnolte322 | March 4, 2010 2:33 AM | Report abuse

After a big victory you students should rush back to your dorm rooms, drink a glass of warm and go to bed. After all, you have class at the crack of noon!

Posted by: whatyoutalkinboutman | March 4, 2010 2:34 AM | Report abuse

This is not new. Happens everytime we win a big game. School officials and police should have learned by now that all the students will go to RT1 and knox. Next time put twenty kegs on McKeldin Mall and let em have at it. Big open space. Have a bonfire and let us students celebrate.

Posted by: warep | March 4, 2010 2:55 AM | Report abuse

Just got home from CP...I met with a few friends to have dinner(Did Not Drink) and watch the game in CP. After the game ended, was walking from Applebees to the car which was parked in front of the Chipotle. As soon as we crossed over...we see horses and riot police storming towards campus. We took the back route to get to the car...cops wouldn’t let us leave the lot so we decided to stay. Cops then chase us away from the car...towards the dorms. I don't live on campus...why the hell would they chase me towards the dorm. A horse cornered me at the 711...I had to jump a concrete wall so I could be safe from the horse. I saw this innocent kid, hopping on one foot and holding his shoe trying to put it on, all while being told by a cop to leave. While bending down to put on his shoe the cop tells the boy "You know what" Kid answers "What" Cop says " You're going to Jail" while launching a fist at the 120 LB kid's throat..hearing him gasp for air while falling to the ground to be held down by 3 other cops. There was no riot until the riot police provoked the issue. Innocent fun turned into a lifetime of trauma for some of these involved. Those cops were abusing their power and I have it on tape.

Posted by: jasonveda | March 4, 2010 2:57 AM | Report abuse

"No further details on the methods used to disperse the crowd were available."

I'll tell you what their methods were; police brutality. It is NOT okay to spray mace into a crowd that isn't breaking any laws. The police were overly aggressive and caused injury to dozens of people which I saw with my own eyes. I was maced simply for being in the crowd. Wrong, wrong, wrong.

Posted by: RoxyShorrock | March 4, 2010 3:03 AM | Report abuse

Punks. Self absorbed punks who think the world owes them something. Unfortunately, far too often, lessons in respectful behavior have to be taught be law enforcement due to a lack of effective parenting.


^^realllllyyyy? EVERYONE WAS JUST TRYING TO GO TO THE BARS TO CELEBRATE. NOONE was doing anything. UNTIL out of nowhere police came in and started beating up and arresting anyone they could find. My one friend was just trying to get home and was going away and the cops TEAR GASSED HIM! There was no lesson to be taught. Did daddy beat you growing up? Don't take it out on us students. Thanks.

Posted by: kgoldsbo | March 4, 2010 3:16 AM | Report abuse

To all of the people complaining about the brutality that the police force used: welcome to College Park. If you did not already realize, the cops here are complete ***hats and are some of the most aggressive people I've ever seen. Before we even got into Comcast, there were cops pushing students back and telling them to move back when there were 4000 other students behind us. What ended up happening was a cop pushed one kid into another who was on crutches. These cops do not respect anything about the residents or students in the area. Which is kind of sad, since their job is to protect and serve.

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Posted by: goryguay04 | March 4, 2010 4:20 AM | Report abuse

As a DUKE alum, I don't care about the riot. I suppose that's just what Maryland students do.
But please get this straight: they ARE NOT DUKE'S RIVAL. Our rival is UNC. No one cares abt umd.

Posted by: aas1 | March 4, 2010 5:10 AM | Report abuse

Those poor kids at UM don't get it. The cops are Duke fans.

Posted by: sls213 | March 4, 2010 5:48 AM | Report abuse

PG County Police: Shoot First, Ask Questions Later.

Posted by: kpew | March 4, 2010 6:17 AM | Report abuse

Congratulations to the Terps on a great win over Duke! It would be nice if the fans in College Park actually acted like a win of that magnitude is not unusual....act like you've "been there" before.

Posted by: Fairfaxresident3 | March 4, 2010 6:36 AM | Report abuse

Pathetic. They act like they've never won a game before. They beat an overrated Duke team on their home court. Grow up and act like you've been there.

Standard classy Twerp fans.

Posted by: SteveB5 | March 4, 2010 6:41 AM | Report abuse

I watched the game from the comfort of my home in Illinois. Great game for Maryland. I previously lived in Maryland. Par for the course for the Terp fans. Something about winning and setting fires. A real lack of class on the part of the students.

Posted by: kdkraus | March 4, 2010 6:47 AM | Report abuse

It looks like the fascist police pigs from the 60s have been reborn as lackeys of conservative republikan jerks. The students need tons of marbles with them.

Posted by: fudador | March 4, 2010 6:52 AM | Report abuse

As a Maryland alumni, I'm embarrassed by this "tradition". Maybe students should act like the team has won plenty of big games before, and not act like a Division III school who just won their first big game ever. Grow up !

Posted by: johnfchick1 | March 4, 2010 6:56 AM | Report abuse

Prince georges County police, let them have fun, this the first important basketball game in DC area in 10 yeras, by the way the cops need to be in Suitland and Langly Park to flight the thugs and the gangs not UMD students.

Posted by: nativeva1 | March 4, 2010 6:59 AM | Report abuse

Reminds me of my Alma Mater West Virginia University. "Where greatness is learned
and couches are burned!"

Posted by: habibhaddad | March 4, 2010 7:00 AM | Report abuse

I'm all about street celebration after sports games. I support the idea of closing Route 1 and letting people participate in non destructive revelry. A compromise needs to be made to allow for gatherings instead of trying to supress them.

BUT goto Diamondback Online and the first picture says it all. It shows a crowd of people plainly taunting the police and acting like idiots. How do you think the cops are going to respond?! Put yourself in a situation: you with a plastic shield and outnumbered 100 to 1.

Posted by: Trypsix | March 4, 2010 7:00 AM | Report abuse

>>> Something needs to be done.

maybe don't piss off the police and act like a young entitled college kid??? seems easy.

Posted by: slydell | March 4, 2010 7:01 AM | Report abuse

"maybe don't piss off the police and act like a young entitled college kid??? seems easy"

I'm sorry, but what about acting like a "young entitled college kid" merits police brutality?

Posted by: RoxyShorrock | March 4, 2010 7:08 AM | Report abuse

You would have thought those clowns had won the NCAA tourney... DAMN!

Posted by: demtse | March 4, 2010 7:10 AM | Report abuse

You would have thought those clowns had won the NCAA tourney... DAMN!

Posted by: demtse | March 4, 2010 7:11 AM | Report abuse

You would think they won the National Championship. Even then this behavior is ridiculous. You can celebrate and party without setting fires, fighting, and destroying property.

If the police were certain that the kids would not become unruly I'm sure they would have let them take over Route 1 temporarily to celebrate, but the University students have a history of unruly behavior.

Here's the solution. Place cameras on campus and on route 1. Identify the culprits and kick them out of school. Simple.

Posted by: keedrow | March 4, 2010 7:12 AM | Report abuse

>>>I'm sorry, but what about acting like a "young entitled college kid" merits police brutality?

Being an obnoxious, vandalising brat causing a huge ruckus over a friggin basketball game. The police are there to protect and serve and when the custom of college students is to damage other people's property for "fun", then the police have every right to bring order to a potentially chaotic situation. These kids are out of control and deserve everything comning to them when they act like SPOILED BRATS with no respect for public property.

Posted by: slydell | March 4, 2010 7:18 AM | Report abuse

Once again Md students display their total lack of class. Until this changes, Md will never be viewed as a top tier institution; instead, it will hold down its reputation as a haven for mediocrity and boorish behavior. Maryland fans are simply crass and destined to stay that way.

Posted by: Pupsy | March 4, 2010 7:21 AM | Report abuse

act like youve won before

Posted by: jakelly67 | March 4, 2010 7:27 AM | Report abuse

"Prince georges County police, let them have fun, this the first important basketball game in DC area in 10 yeras, by the way the cops need to be in Suitland and Langly Park to flight the thugs and the gangs not UMD students."

Ahhh, I knew someone would go there.....say what you REALLY want to say about Suitland and LP...no, the cops WERE with the 'thugs' - the 'thugs' just ain't look like what YOU think 'thugs' are.........tsk, tsk, tsk - just come out and say it - "the police should not mess with us White folks" - you know that's what you mean.

Posted by: wallacea | March 4, 2010 7:28 AM | Report abuse

There are 30,000 plus MD students. Don't malign the many because of the actions of a few. I agree some students need to learn how to celebrate more appropriately, but a vast majority already do. Besides, as one of the biggest Terps fans out there, we need to act like we have been there before, because we have!

Posted by: happydad3 | March 4, 2010 7:31 AM | Report abuse

Absolutely ridiculous! Maryland does this type of thing frequently from both sides. Students should be able to celebrate and have fun without unlawfully closing the main streets, and running around intoxicated and setting things on fire. Someone commented that the students were not getting out of hand, while there was a report of a tree being set on fire! Really? Setting a tree on fire outside a building in college park is not out of hand? These kids at Maryland live in their own world. I suppose that College Park is so close to DC where murders, car jackings and robbery is an everyday event, so riots and setting a tree on fire must seem like child's play!? The cops in MD are also overly aggressive, but it would seem that perhaps to an extent they have to be, because of the culture of these people there, with absolutely no idea of how to act appropriately. If the cops did not move in the way they did, that crowd could have easily started to escalate their celebration to include buring more stuff, turning over cars, damaging property and vandalism. Of course with the help of more intoxicating liquid consumption!

Posted by: Hotelguest0 | March 4, 2010 7:49 AM | Report abuse

Bowie State, EasternShore University or Morgan State University glad you BLACKS were not involved thent eh racists on this blog would call for sanctions and more beatings including a lot of name calling.
Let me digress, you spolied little creeps with pimples of simples shut-up, drink milk and leave the drugs alone while attending Maryland U or a Terps game.
Cops are sometimes crazy and so are you WHITES attending thsoe campus games..you are/were made in heaven together or the other place down below.HEL!

Posted by: foxxmacpryor | March 4, 2010 7:56 AM | Report abuse

Maryland reclaims the top seed over WVU in the NCAA Top 25 random-riot poll.

Posted by: SA-Town | March 4, 2010 8:02 AM | Report abuse

WAHHHHHHHHH!

THE
COPS
ARE
TOO
BRUTAL!

WAHHHHHHHHH!

THEY
BEAT
DOWN
MY
FRIEND!

The cops should have sprayed the crowd with

TEAR GAS
&
WATER
CANNONS!

WHY?!?

Because you don't set

TREES,
CARS
&
WHATEVER
ELSE

ON FIRE BECAUSE YOUR SCHOOL WON A BASKETBALL GAME!

THAT IS A PUBLIC SAFETY ISSUE!

COLLEGE STUDENTS?!? YOU PEOPLE ARE FOOLS!

OUR FUTURE LQQKS GREAT DOESN'T IT?

Posted by: whatyoutalkinboutman | March 4, 2010 8:04 AM | Report abuse

Georgetown beat these guys much more easily.

Posted by: gfriday | March 4, 2010 8:07 AM | Report abuse

Good, their parents should have beat them so the cops didn't have to.

Posted by: thecomedian | March 4, 2010 8:11 AM | Report abuse

PROUD TO BE A THUG

Posted by: BMoreChil | March 4, 2010 8:12 AM | Report abuse

Maryland fans celebrating? Raucous.
Prince George's Cops? Aggressive.
Beating Duke? Still priceless.

Too bad the cops can't just watch until the crowd becomes aggressive.

Posted by: jlhare1 | March 4, 2010 8:38 AM | Report abuse

You can definitely tell the age difference of the posters. The older people seem to have the "you darn whipper snappers" attitude and want to blame them for the problems. I agree that all UMD fans should act like they've been there before....because they have. Both men and women have titles, but people forget, the students there NOW have not celebrated a title. These students HAVE NOT been there before and it is not reasonable to think they would behave any differently. This game was hyped by ESPN and all the local news channels. It was for the top seed in the ACC tourney, by all definitions it was a huge game. I think it's right to tell players "hey act like you've been there" but the fans have a right to celebrate. And given the fact that this seems to happen a lot, I wonder why the police didn't handle it better. They are the ones who knew it was going to happen so why didn't they block off that section of Rt.1? This kind of thing happens everywhere. You are hearing about it b/c its local. And I don't want to hear that Duke fans have more class. Seriously, Duke is responsible for many of the disrespectful "traditions" in the student sections.

Posted by: Samurai38 | March 4, 2010 8:42 AM | Report abuse

I don't know these kids can't contain themselves and be civilized when they celebrate. I hope the state is billing MDU for this.

Posted by: lidiworks1 | March 4, 2010 8:42 AM | Report abuse

What will all these punk UMD fans have to say when they lose to UVA on Saturday?

Posted by: Axel2 | March 4, 2010 8:49 AM | Report abuse

Police love any opportunity they get to legally assault innocent folks. Maybe someday folks will realize that police shouldn't have the right to assault kids who should be innocent until proven guilty.

Posted by: msveasey | March 4, 2010 8:49 AM | Report abuse

It's the height of stupidity that Rt. 1 isn't blocked off after these games. Let the kids walk up and down the street and celebrate and you wouldn't have this same scenario playing out every time there's a big win. If some peckerhead kid initiates some kind of confrontation then lock him up, but don't go looking for trouble or incite it without cause. Spare me the protect and serve mularkey too. There are plenty of places in PG county to protect and serve, but I guess it's easier to mace some 2nd year Accounting major than it is to go tussle with the bangers in Hyattsville and Landover.

A little foresight can save you a lot of trouble later on.

Posted by: MDPensfan | March 4, 2010 8:50 AM | Report abuse

Rick Reilly...oh so wise.

http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/news/story?id=4961547

Posted by: john123456 | March 4, 2010 8:55 AM | Report abuse

It is Prince Georges' County Police. Enough said. They were sitting back, at the end of the street, rubbing their hands together waiting for this to happen. Get their jollies beating people. Arrogant, ignorant, and sadistic.

Posted by: linda_521 | March 4, 2010 8:57 AM | Report abuse

What property was destroyed?

A Duke Jersey. I don't think anyone in the metro area will miss that very much.

I was present at the first three "riots" on Frat Row and Route 1. The ones that ended the soonest were the ones where the riot police just stood back and let the kids just release all their frustration.
They generally shut down Route 1 and pretty much contained it. Everyone went home happy.

Things took a poor turn after the riots where the power lines burned out. Every "celebration" since then has been a re-enactment of Chicago DNC '68.

Riot 2010 was tame and would have faded into oblivion. The police seem to have instigated the media attention. The kids have backed down from the Mexican Standoff. Five-O didn't get no memo.

Posted by: mabkhar | March 4, 2010 8:58 AM | Report abuse

I watched the game on ESPN last night on my 120" projection screen in my basement theater room. Greivis Vasquez is probably more popular today than Hugo Chavez. Anyway, I went to U of MD in the late 60's/early 70's. Now there were some demonstrations & riots then that make these events look like a block party at the church. The police shot tear gas right into Cecil Hall and a guy was driving golf balls into the police ranks.

Posted by: MikeV2 | March 4, 2010 9:00 AM | Report abuse

Fear the Turdle and their fans.

Another quality display from a quality university.

Alum should be ashamed....whoops, they already are!

Posted by: RiSKybizness | March 4, 2010 9:03 AM | Report abuse

We watched the game from Asheville, NC (I am the No. 1 Terrapin in that funky city) and I told my wife that the crowd was going to storm the court and that I hoped no one would get hurt. Terrapin fans, mostly students, deport themselves quite poorly at road games and it's not necessary. It's fine to be celebratory. I was! It's quite fun to be a Terrapin in Tar Heel country. But to be truthful, students in Chapel Hill, Clemson and Atlanta, do not act like the horses you know what after victories. (They do in Blacksburg, though.) Tar Heel fans don't do damage to businesses and property on Franklin Street. And the Dean Dome isn't any farther away from Franklin Street than Comcast is from Route l.I thought, too, that Vasquez didn't have to incite the crowd in the arena more than they were.

Posted by: sfr123 | March 4, 2010 9:07 AM | Report abuse

Just a bunch of Mutts that weren't properly potty trained.

Posted by: rcwsilver | March 4, 2010 9:23 AM | Report abuse

*Maryland reclaims the top seed over WVU in the NCAA Top 25 random-riot poll.*

Sorry SA-Town, WVU students get rowdy but their behavior doesn't come close to the level routinely seen in College Park.

Posted by: darrellcochran | March 4, 2010 9:50 AM | Report abuse

how can none of these cops recognize a potential dangerous criminal from a 120lb kid minding his own business or a customer coming out of applebees who simply wants to leave the scene? someone explain this to me.
i think i have a valuable suggestion, arrest the ones you SEE committing a crime and leave the ones walking back to their dorm rooms alone. also, try not to punch anyone in the throat, apparently cops have yet to realize humans need those for breathing.

@ stf123- a fellow ashevillian! i will have to argue your legitimacy as the #1 terp fan in "this funky city". but you are right, no one pulls this crap down here, not in chapel hill or in durham, and especially not in asheville (even if UNCA beat duke, no one would take to the streets). you still have to remember that environment has a lot to do with both the actions of rioters and the cops. PG county cops are absolutely insane and MD fans have a tendency to go insane when any team in MD or D.C. does much of anything. lest we forget how terrible the redskins, nats, wizards, and o's are.

Posted by: scott628 | March 4, 2010 9:53 AM | Report abuse

While I agree UMD's celebration style is idiocy, the cops really are of no help at all. They have a consistent record of being overly aggressive, and I would go so far as to say they escalate the tensions rather than create order. I remember they even showed up to a flash mob dance party during Finals Week, a pitifully tiny event in itself, with tear gas and rubber bullets! Innocent bystanders get dragged in and targeted by them too, and there's no accountability or lines drawn for their behavior. I know it's hard to deal with a potential riot situation, but preemptive aggression is not a solution. I'm positive if they were present but CALM, and focused on taking down the genuinely troublesome people rather than swinging blindly left and right, things would go a whole lot more smoothly.

Posted by: CateRO | March 4, 2010 10:20 AM | Report abuse

Two things:
Note all the clothes in the crowd- RED. STUDENTS AT THE GAME RECEIVED YELLOW SHIRTS and were wearing them post game. This is tragically under reported.
The police beat the living hell out of a clearly drunk kid trying to walk to commons. He went up past panda and was trying to stumble to his dorm, and never once attacked out. Seven cops beat the living hell out of the kid. They said you "cant go that way"- just as another cop was swinging the baton at him (no warning). This kid had clearly just left the bar, heading back the normal way, that wasn't cordoned off by police, and was stumbling to his dorm.
Sadly, this was a path only to go back to dorms, not toward the large group of people. The beating was so bad, an ambulance was called and his blood was on the ground. The police then formed a line and charged the crowd.
The kid was just trying to run away and they beat him. As the police charged we heard another large thud, even as it was clear the kid was down and out.
This was inexcusable. I am all for police containing crowds, but if this was on tape- this kids tuition will be more then paid for courtesy of PG county.

Posted by: terpfan2011 | March 4, 2010 10:28 AM | Report abuse

Keep in mind, 50% of UMCP students come from Long Island, NY and nothern NJ. They have last names like Giardini and Massetti.

Posted by: FreddyFrecks | March 4, 2010 10:33 AM | Report abuse

sfr123 - I went to Tech and I can't remember any riots occurring during big wins (for any sport). At least no tree burnings....

Posted by: SteveB5 | March 4, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

This is one oldster who knows exactly what these young people are saying. Although I was not there, the police in this country have a long history of contempt for the citizenry they're supposed to protect. Abuse by police is a long story interwoven into the nation's history.

First though, I blame the authorities at the University for not doing some intelligent planning. They know what students' behavior will be at times such as these. They should plan for it and give students some outlet.

Posted by: francis4 | March 4, 2010 10:37 AM | Report abuse

YEAAAAHHHH! Why the hell did i graduate? can't believe i missed the celebration. there is no school in this country that hates any other school more than maryland hates dook, and that's a fact i'm proud of.

This wasn't a riot to all the ass**les above calling it that. The University Police are incompotent and always beat innocent students. No fires where started, no property was destroyed. it was a 100% LEGAL celebration. The only violence was commited by th pepper-spraying, night-stick wielding, rubber bullet firing cops.

Posted by: TheMarylander | March 4, 2010 10:39 AM | Report abuse

Stay classy, College Park.

Posted by: bs2004 | March 4, 2010 10:40 AM | Report abuse

YEAAAAHHHH! Why the hell did i graduate? can't believe i missed the celebration. there is no school in this country that hates any other school more than maryland hates dook, and that's a fact i'm proud of.

This wasn't a riot to all the ass**les above calling it that. The University Police are incompotent and always beat innocent students. No fires where started, no property was destroyed. it was a 100% LEGAL celebration. The only violence was commited by th pepper-spraying, night-stick wielding, rubber bullet firing cops.

and F*** DOOK!

Posted by: TheMarylander | March 4, 2010 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Hello,I'm one of the Langley Park thugs that you speak of...I can teach you UMD fans how to celebrate since my alma mater (Pitt) acts like its been there before EVERY TIME THEY WIN. This is the end of my PSA

Posted by: ys343 | March 4, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Let me add as a Md. alum and fan of the terps, it's embarrassing how College Park students act after beating Duke simply because DUKE DOES NOT SEE MARYLAND AS A RIVAL. Duke's rival is UNC. As sad as it sounds, Maryland really has no rival. It's like when the Orioles would rival the Yankees, only Yankee fans were more interested in what the Red Sox might do, even if they were at the bottom!
Is any team in Maryland viewed as a rival by anyone??

Posted by: FreddyFrecks | March 4, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

@ FreddyFrecks:

We don't need to be dook's rivals, and frankly don't really give a flying s**t how they "see us." fact is we hate them more than any other school, so they're our rivals whether they like it or not, and whethere they hate us or not. WE chose THEM.

Same deal with WVU and fball (WVU-Pitt rivalry).

Posted by: TheMarylander | March 4, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse

The fans acted just like there team. When your best player is a self centered all about me loud mouth with no class its bound to rub off. Im a Maryland fan and have been to some of Dukes big games. There fans know how to celebrate after a big win without all the ruckus. We need to learn how to be a classier group.

Posted by: emcping | March 4, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Ok, this really ISN'T that serious!!!!!!!
For all those saying that MD students are classless, I mean get a life, REALLY!!! You only have four years to have fun before you have to settle into reality and conform to acting like an "adult". So what if they want to run around screaming and yelling with their friends? I went to Mason and when we went to the Final Four, do u think we went straight to our dorms after the games? UM NO. We went out celebrating with our friends. It's a very exciting time. They don't beat Duke everyday, man Let them have that!
And for those saying that college kids are brats, REALLY? I paid my way through college and am still paying loans BY MYSELF, as are many college students... You are probably mad because you couldn't make it into college.. hmmm is that where your anger spurs from? Or maybe you're mad at mommy and daddy because they didn't help you pay? Direct your anger towards the correct people, instead of people that you don't know....
Congratulations TERPS!

Posted by: jleary1 | March 4, 2010 10:57 AM | Report abuse

@jleary1:

exactly. As if saying we're "classless" somehow offends us. lol

These idiots don't understand Maryland fans don't WANT to be classy. This isn't the 1950's or little league baseball. man up you p***ies

Posted by: TheMarylander | March 4, 2010 11:04 AM | Report abuse

Yawn! None of these lawless Maryland students were kiilled. A few bodies here and there will quiet things down. Eliminate the trash before they breed.

Posted by: NewEra | March 4, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Hard to act like you've been there before when all your school does is win in women's sports....

Posted by: lingering_lead | March 4, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Why should black ghetto thugs in South LA, New Orleans or Detroit have all the fun?

Drunken, retarded white boys want in on the excitement of senseless rioting too!

Posted by: pgr88 | March 4, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Same thing happened when Georgetown beat Duke...oh wait, no it didn't.

Maryland students would riot in celebration if they got a C in basketweaving.

Posted by: Please_Fix_VAs_Roads | March 4, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Bowie State, EasternShore University or Morgan State University glad you BLACKS were not involved thent eh racists on this blog would call for sanctions and more beatings including a lot of name calling.
Let me digress, you spolied little creeps with pimples of simples shut-up, drink milk and leave the drugs alone while attending Maryland U or a Terps game.
Cops are sometimes crazy and so are you WHITES attending thsoe campus games..you are/were made in heaven together or the other place down below.HEL!

(smiling like Rush Limbaugh at a meth house)

Posted by: wallacea | March 4, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse

The best comment here was by the guy who suggested the Administration should buy 20 kegs and put them on McKeldin Mall. Why are PG County cops out there in full riot gear, on horseback, with shields and batons, teargassing the crowd like a revolution is about to break out? Where do you expect the students to go after big win? It's simple: the PG police take a confrontational stance and look what happens? Why not just cordon off Route 1 for a few hours, and arrest any of the kids that wants to rip up a sign? It's not like Route 1 is crucial to our national security. I guess it is too much to hope that the administration at UMD or the PG police would act in a reasonable manner or make a reasonable decision. You put aggressive cops out there armed to the teeth(i heard they had an armored vehicle! An armored vehicle! For drunk college kids?!?), how do expect the kids to react? What a joke.

Posted by: aviscardo | March 4, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

To address the crowding of the streets:

When the campus of 30,000 only has four bars that are located within a 50 yard radius, you are bound to have celebratory spillage into the street. Everyone leaves their houses and dorms and bars to celebrate in a common area. I have an inkling that most of the people that are commenting were not there. If they were, they would have witnessed how the police escalated the situation tenfold by marching down the street and shooting into the crowd.

Just because a crowd forms, it does not mean they are going to burn the town to the ground. The only thing that was set on fire was a jersey. Some kid set off some fireworks. This was NOT the riot of 2002, where students ripped up soccer goals and set them ablaze on Fraternity Row.

The riot police showed up, and the crowd adopted a riot mentality. Go figure.

-MD Undergrad

Posted by: ryanbach51 | March 4, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

i think the school needs to address this issue. it's a good thing they only beat Duke once every 3 years and I am a MD fan. everytime they beat them they decide it's time to let loose. the University needs to get these kids to the point where the celebration is at some location on campus. that means have formal activities. he11, let them rip up Bryd stadiums field. it's better to see that than to have 30 students getting arrested and police in riot gear every time they beat Duke.

Posted by: oknow1 | March 4, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Md Grad, and I am so sick and embarrassed by these thugs that don't belong at a University. We need to kick those idiots out of school and do something about this. Where is the administration? How do you allow this continue? It is a disgrace and truly embarrass all of us MD grads.

Posted by: tony28 | March 4, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

As a minority who has been subjected to police who are a little overzealous welcome to my world. Not much fun is it?

Posted by: ged0386 | March 4, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Not just one armored vehicle, two... This whole thing was unnecessary and blown out of proportion. Around 1,000 students or so gathered down by Rt. 1 and were chanting/cheering in celebration of a big victory. People are saying how all this property was destroyed, stores vandalized, trees burned and cars damaged. That is all incorrect. The only thing that was on fire, other than Adrian Bowie who went 4-4 from the field, was a Duke jersey. People got increasingly upset as the riot police physically confronted them. This is when it turned from a peaceful, yes it was peaceful, celebration to something a little more aggravated. Most of the people at this "riot" were not present for the game as somebody above pointed out, everyone at the game was given "Gold Rush" t-shirts. You can call us "classless", "a bunch of goons" or tell us we should act like we've won before but the truth is, everything was fine until the police instigated physical confrontation. We were celebrating very tastefully until then. The riot police live for these kind of gatherings. They were licking their chops knowing they could show their power and enforce it upon others.
Labeling us all "spoiled and arrogant college kids" makes you look ignorant and just stupid. I, like most, am paying for my education. We take pride in our sports teams so don't mistake our passion and enthusiasm for arrogance.
Be well, stay safe, and when confronted by a riot cop foaming at the mouth just waiting to beat you senseless, you should probably walk away. Better yet, run, because these guys and gals fully clad in armor get their jollies physically defenseless young adults.

Posted by: george310 | March 4, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Build a college in the sh*thole of Maryland (PG County) and expect it's citizens to act like anything less than the natives? Righttttt. Looks like different natives were restless last night though. Ahhh UMD, you are no UVA.

Posted by: hogfarmer55 | March 4, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

^hogfarmer^ You are racist and ignorant. I am proud that you are not a Maryland fan, supporter, student or alum. I guess your UVA education didn't teach you that casting stereotypes makes you look very stupid. I would prefer to be called "classless" than ignorant any day...

Posted by: george310 | March 4, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Build a college in the sh*thole of Maryland (PG County) and expect it's citizens to act like anything less than the natives? Righttttt. Looks like different natives were restless last night though. Ahhh UMD, you are no UVA.

Posted by: hogfarmer55 | March 4, 2010 1:27 PM

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we're definitely no uva. we're not hicks living in the middle of meth/trailer park-land. looks like the hog farmer is jealous. why dont you go F*** one of your hogs you sick piece of ****.

Posted by: TheMarylander | March 4, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

I think the whole situation was escalated because of the police. I was there. People wanted to go to the bars to celebrate, but the bars were instructed to lock their doors, so what are people going to do? Take to the streets. It's human nature to want to celebrate a tall feat like this. The cops were way out of line. Many innocent people were injured via tear gas, police batons and rubber bullets. I understand that some people were acting like idiots and making poor decisions, but for everyone 1 of those idiots, there were probably at least 10-15 people just wanting to have a good time and not disrupting the public. The police are meant to protect the public, not intimidate. All they did was intimidate last night and use their force to brutally beat down students who didn't deserve that. And the media turns it into rowdy students acting dumb. Of course. But at least we got our win. Go Terps!

Posted by: terpsfan88 | March 4, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

There is no surprise when it comes to these WIMPS in uniform. Whether it's the PG Murders or the Park&Plan Homo's on horseback. They all can be RedDotted. I think they're still mad about what a close friend of mine did to that PorkEyed Claggette...

Burn In Hell Claggette , You'll have some of your Brothern coming soon...

Posted by: BlackRock11 | March 4, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

For everyone arguing that there was nothing wrong with students celebrating in the streets, riot or not, please consider that "gathering" in the middle of Route 1 prevents fire & rescue services from reaching true emergencies.

Several firehouses have to remain on stand-by near UMD after games like this because of the possibility of a riot, which spreads thin the emergency response for the entire county. Shutting down Route 1 to allow for such "celebrations" creates the same problem. Who will you blame when your house burns down or your Grampa dies because the emergency response was delayed?

Why not gather to celebrate on the Quad or the grassy field on Frat Row? You would be safer and police wouldn't need to chase you all off of the streets.

Posted by: WheatonMD | March 4, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

^^^
The police created a fire hazard by locking people into the bars when they shut down route one and made sure people couldn't leave or enter the bars...

Posted by: terpsfan88 | March 4, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Wheaton, as mentioned above, most of the people were trying to go to the bars or to get food to celebrate with their friends. All of the business were instructed to close and lock their doors. Even ESPN reporter SVP (Scott Van Pelt) was barred from entering his favorite downtown spot, RJ Bentleys. Don't blame the students for Rt. 1 being shut down, that was the result of the police not letting any students into the Rt. 1 businesses. Plenty of emergency response vehicles were able to get to point A and B via Rt. 1, so don't worry about my grampa, he's just fine thank-you.

Posted by: george310 | March 4, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

"Once again Md students display their total lack of class. Until this changes, Md will never be viewed as a top tier institution; instead, it will hold down its reputation as a haven for mediocrity and boorish behavior. Maryland fans are simply crass and destined to stay that way." Well said, the team "star" is classless and the fans stupidly reckless. Not in Duke's league, and never will be.

Posted by: MissLady2 | March 4, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Bring back ROTC and the draft. Train 'em up and send these delinquents to Afghansistan.

Posted by: AncientTerp | March 4, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

i don't understand what relevance upbringing has to do with this situation at all. if we were "raised badly," wouldn't we be tearing up college park every night? last night was a rare occasion and a cause for celebration, and not at all a reflection of personal values or anything of that sort. furthermore, i'm guessing that the people who are arguing this are the people who in fact raised our generation. if you really think this is the problem behind this situation, blame yourselves, not us.

also i strongly agree with everyone who says you don't know **** about this situation unless you were there. so many innocent students were beaten and pepper sprayed. once students see that's how they're gonna be treated no matter what they do, why not light a scheyer jersey on fire?

all the comments on here about dook just make me sick. why is everyone constantly sucking their ****? and yeah, duke sure is classy-- how about chanting "orphan, orphan!" at opposing players or throwing panties at a player accused of sexual assault? while we hate duke, we don't go that far in comcast other than using the f word.

even if you argue that they don't riot like we do, it's because unfortunately they win more (although they are crybabies, can't do anything but shoot 3s and exaggerate bumps to draw unwarranted fouls, and are worthless in the NBA, but that's another story). i'd like to see what happens if unc absolutely murdered duke in cameron.

Posted by: xherec0mesthesun | March 4, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Keep in mind next time you vote for a Democrat you're basically voting for the unions who are already using 2/3 of your community's budget to pay for the pension funds of the police officers who beat you senseless for no reason.

Posted by: FreddyFrecks | March 4, 2010 4:43 PM | Report abuse

I love how people are turning this into an issue that has nothing to do with anything. Think what you want, but the media is doing everything they can to protect the reputation of the county police and implicate students for rowdiness. Typical.

Posted by: terpsfan88 | March 4, 2010 7:54 PM | Report abuse

Go on drunken riots after beating duke in a regular season ACC game? That must have been some strong stuff they were snorting or drinking.

Posted by: Socialistic | March 5, 2010 12:33 AM | Report abuse

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