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27 arrested after Maryland-Duke game (updated)

The Post's Dan Morse has the story on the postgame revelry in College Park. Twenty-seven people were arrested, officials said. Some are questioning the actions of the police, with one Maryland student saying that police "started attacking people."

If you were on the scene, leave your observations in the comments.

3:31 P.M. UPDATE: The University of Maryland has issued a news release about last night's events. It reads, in part:

"The University of Maryland has policies that provide the authority, with police documentation and following due process, to suspend or expel a student for riot-related behavior whether or not he or she has been convicted in a criminal court."

By Matt Bonesteel  |  March 4, 2010; 2:53 PM ET
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I'm not trying to justify the craziness after the game last night, but I'm sure many of the current students - who aren't exactly the most mature people yet, it's a process after all - grew up in middle school and high school seeing the "riots" from earlier this decade. I'm sure they've been looking for an "excuse", and things just happened.

I'm sure that the way the police handled it probably didn't help either.

Posted by: BrokenClipboard | March 4, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

The celebrations have evolved from their property damage causing past to their current form of joyful, peaceful street celebrations, but the police have not realized this and have not adapted. If the police would just let students and fans celebrate on those few blocks of Route 1 and redirect traffic around them using College Ave and Calvert Rd, then there would be no problems. The police arrive in riot gear all pumped up and ready to fight thinking they are here to face violent protesters and that determines how they treat people. There was no reason for pepper spray, tackling students, hitting people with batons and all the other unnecessary police brutality in response to what was just a peaceful street celebration. I even have a video of a student being tackled for dancing too close to some cops. Unbelievable. The real story here is the cops not having adapted to the evolved, peaceful form of street celebrations that Maryland students and fans do now.

Posted by: magnuson | March 4, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

People were just celebrating. No couch burning, no property damage, no destruction... just happy people. There was no need for any arrests or riot gear.

Posted by: wwkayaker | March 4, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

News 9 video shows many points

1) Most people were just there to jump around and cheer
2) Everyone agrees the students were not nearly as out of control as they were in 2002
3) The police were excessively violent with their use of pepper spray and beating people with batons

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

Were they PG county police? Nothing like thugs in riot gear.

Posted by: booger1 | March 4, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

I can't pass judgement on either side, the students or the police, because I wasn't there. I am willing to bet that there is some truth to both sides' accounts.

But here is a thought: By now, can't the University and the various law enforcement agencies figure out a way to manage the process without things getting out of control?

Here is a question: Would this have happened after a 7:00 PM start? Were there (my guess is yes) more students at the game "primed" for the event because of the 9:00 start?

Once again, it may be all about TV money!

Posted by: petecard | March 4, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Great win! I love watching Coach K get his panties in a bunch, cuss and cry to the refs and look askance at GW when UMD beats Duke. "Behold Durham, your new god!" Priceless. Beat UVA boys!

Posted by: Realness1 | March 4, 2010 7:13 PM | Report abuse

N.W.A. said it best, "F*ck the police."

Oh, and deadskin, I'm down around the L.A. area.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | March 4, 2010 7:58 PM | Report abuse

I was on 1 when the women's team won the national championship a few years ago. People were mostly just milling around. The cops didn't do anything, either, so maybe things were worse this time. I dunno. I saw somebody set a T-shirt on fire, and a few people rocked a UMD bus a bit. It was pretty tame. I went back and finished my paper after talking to a Diamondback reporter for a bit.

This university has a really bad town/gown relationship. I suspect that's a big part of it.

Posted by: pipkin42 | March 4, 2010 10:04 PM | Report abuse

Stay classy Terp fans. For a change.

Posted by: Towson_Tiger | March 5, 2010 12:25 AM | Report abuse

Dude you went to Towson.... simma down.

Posted by: espwoj1 | March 5, 2010 1:30 AM | Report abuse

Why has the neither the university or the PG Police Department not taken pragmatic steps to make sure these "riots" don't happen again? Everyone knows that the students will congregate on Route 1 after a big win. The PG Police department's idea of a response is to sends hundreds of police on horseback, with pepper spray guns, in riot gear to meet them. Who is the genius who came up with this plan? How are drunk students going to react when they see this show of force? Why does the Administration not offer a solution? The easy solution is to close down Route 1 for a few hours and let the kids celebrate. Redirect traffic around the block. An alternative solution would for the Administration to have an after-party scheduled on McKeldin Mall, Frat Row, close off Knox Road for a block party like we used to do, or even close down the parking lot on Route 1 and Knox and let the kids party there. Now, here's where we use a little logic. Why do UMd students "riot" when other students at other universities do not? How bout cause there are approximately 4 bars for 20,000 revelers. How do you think other students at other universities celebrate after a big win? You think they go home and have a glass of milk? Their towns have enough bars to hold them. Why don't we use a little common sense instead of meeting these kids, who justifiably want to celebrate, will batons. In case you're wondering, I'm not a student but an alum, who knows that this "riot" was nothing but the PG Police being the PG Police. Decades of being awarded the label of the most violent in the nation and even investigated by the Justice Department for systematic civil rights violations. Go Terps!

Posted by: aviscardo | March 5, 2010 10:04 AM | Report abuse

AMEN Viscardo. I have been saying for years they need to have a bonfire or something, control the party, keep the kid's safe and the ridiculous response from PG Cops will not occur.

Posted by: jpfterps | March 5, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Both sides didn't need to take it that far...from what I have been told by people not involved(adults on their way to Bentleys) the police triggered the flashpoint and of course 20 year old colleges fired up on adrenaline and alcohol took it from there

Posted by: cmich06 | March 5, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse

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