11 police departments respond for crowd control of UAlbany students
TROY, N.Y. – Eleven police departments in the Capital Region were in Troy to help with crowd control after about 500 University at Albany students were left in the streets when their homecoming venue cancelled.
Three fraternities from the university contracted Kokopellis Night Club on 4th Street in Troy for a private event on Saturday, which was homecoming weekend for UAlbany. According to police, 160 people received tickets for the event.
There was also an event planned at the Atrium Bingo Hall for about 500 more UAlbany students.
Troy Police say they were aware of the events and planned accordingly for the large crowds.
As the party at Kokopellis kicked off, the students who would be celebrating their homecoming at the Atrium Bingo Hall found out their party was cancelled, leaving about 500 college students on the streets of Troy after their shuttles already returned to UAlbany.
Around 10 p.m. Troy Police were working on crowd control and say they needed to call in 11 other police departments in the area, including Watervliet, Cohoes, and East Greenbush Police.
Troy Police Captain John Cooney described the night as "organized chaos."
Three blocks had to be closed off for "unmanageable pedestrian activity" for about three hours.
There were a few altercations during the three hour crowd control but there were no injuries and no arrests throughout the night.
Authorities worked with UAlbany to send the students back to campus on shuttles.
Cooney said the incident "required patience" from the police officers. He also stated that Saturday night was "an amazing success story for crowd control."
"It was a bit rowdy. People got out of control
and it was very like unruly," said UAlbany senior Brandon Douglas. "I was
scared myself you know. A lot of people crowded together. Angry people."
and others attempted to enter the other bash at Kokopellis, and local business
owner Carmine Batuello says the incident cost him customers and money.
and hundreds of kids all over the street blocking the street off and it took hours to get them
out of here and it ruined every business on
this street for a Saturday
night,' he says.
junior Winston McCormack says he's disappointed that his homecoming weekend was
ruined and was uneasy during the ordeal.
"Yeah there's definitely a fear that it could have got worse of course
there's going to be a fear you know but I'm just glad it didn't," he says.
There is still no explaination for why the party at the Atrium Bingo Hall was cancelled. The student president says there will be a refund.
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