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URI Student: I Was Wrongly Arrested at Off-Campus Rager

Eighteen students were arrested in what one official called a "riot" on Greene Lane.

A shot from a YouTube video of a huge party in Narragansett attended by University of Rhode Island students. A mailbox can be seen airborne. Credit: WHDH/7News
A shot from a YouTube video of a huge party in Narragansett attended by University of Rhode Island students. A mailbox can be seen airborne. Credit: WHDH/7News
One of 18 University of Rhode Island students arrested at a huge off-campus party on Greene Lane Saturday claimed police made a mistake.

The student, who was not identified, told NBC 10 police "began approaching many students, myself included, who were just standing with friends enjoying themselves."

More than 1,000 students reportedly attended the party. Some threw beer bottles at each other, while one person ripped out a mailbox and tossed it in the air.

Narragansett Town Manager Pamela Nolan called the party a "riot."

URI Dean of Student Affairs Thomas Dougan said it was "intolerable."

"We're going to take action against individuals who we're able to identify who violating policy or laws," he told WHDH/7News.
RITaxpayer May 09, 2014 at 04:20 AM
"One of 18 University of Rhode Island students arrested at a huge off-campus party on Greene Lane Saturday claimed police made a mistake." * I would imagine we're going to hear that said in court 17 more times.
Vincent J Siravo Jr. May 09, 2014 at 11:42 AM
It is very difficult to identify 18 people out of 1000 to blame for this mob scene. I was falsely accused in a crowd of several hundred at a food fight at URI 44 years ago. Where do we draw the line of responsibility in large crowds? It would be easy for officials to grab someone they THOUGHT they saw do something. It may have been the person next to them, or someone dressed similarly. A young person could be tagged for years with a bad reputation when they did nothing except be present. If you were considering someone for a job and they had a record for participating in a riot, would you not pass them by? This is not a simple problem; it has far reaching implications. It is very odd that prejudice exists towards so many people for the actions of a few. The vast majority of these young people are the future of our society. How difficult is it for people from minority groups to escape the same fate if it happens here?
I'm Tired of the Games May 09, 2014 at 07:13 PM
I was unaware that "enjoying" a riot was a legally allowed spectator sport. Perhaps if this individual had stayed indoors instead of being in the crowd, they would have not been detained. Same for Mr. Siravo, if you weren't in the crowd, you also would not have been "wrongly" detained. Collateral damage perhaps, but one had to be there to be impacted. Hopefully, the videos and photos will help apprehend more of the irresponsible individuals who actively participated in this disgraceful behavior.
Jay Down South in Dixie May 10, 2014 at 06:53 AM
A white person wrongly accused of a crime? What is this world coming to?

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