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Strong message to Stratford partiers at UC
CINCINNATI (Deb Dixon) -- Campus parties that are out of control, we see them so much some may see it as part of college life.
The University of Cincinnati does not want a repeat party like the one that happened early Sunday on Stratford. Cincinnati and UC police say it wasn't the party that was the problem, it was the projectiles.
Officers walking Stratford Wednesday didn't have to wear helmets like they did early Sunday.
Lt. Col. James Whalen of the Cincinnati Police said, "We shouldn't be getting bombarded with rocks bottles cans just to clear a disorderly crowd from the streets."
The weapon of choice Wednesday was a letter from UC and Cincinnati Police. First stop, the party houses.
The university sent an email calling the behavior on Stratord unacceptable and in some cases illegal. And it warns illegal behavior can lead to expulsion or loss of financial assistance if a student is convicted.
One of the Palooza Party hosts blames the incident on social media saying, "Word spread like wildfire, in this age of social media one person spreads to a thousand like that. I thank the cops for their cooperation, I hope we were respectable in cleaning up after the party, learn from that and go on from there."
Go on from here... not so fast.
"We are working to identify those who threw at police cars, if we identify them going to charge them, pursue restitution. That was the problem. It wasn't the drinking although that was in excess, it was objects being thrown," said Whalen.
The email from the university and UC Police talks about the party, of course, but something else as well. Just as important as being smart and safe it says, is to be respectful of the community we call home. Police are also checking the possibility of nuisance citations for chronic problem houses on Stratford.
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