When I explained to my dad the situation that was this weekend his response to me was quite humorous.
“I’m still trying to figure out why when your friend called you to tell you there was a riot, your first thought was to run straight there?”
Haha, thanks dad.
I’m not really sure where to start with the event that was our #brockportriot2014… I mean can we even call it a riot? No. It was more like a peaceful protest/block party mass gathering of basically everyone you ever met and had ever seen on campus or off campus.
Then again, you shut down the bars we shut down Main Street.
As a student journalist myself, I find it important to point out that it’s better to be factual than first. Watching the “riot” transform from over 1,000 people swarming the streets according to reports Sunday afternoon to the Chief of Police reporting around 300 people present as of the police conference yesterday… well that sure makes the event feel a little bit less significant.
Let me explain to you why this madness occurred.
Rocco’s is overcrowded, not inside like usual, but outside in the street. Suddenly Clinton St. is blocked and the police aren’t too happy about that. So here I am enjoying my night inside Rocco’s when suddenly the lights are flipped on at 1:05am and we are all funneled out into the street to join the crowd that was already there to begin with. Mind you this was happening at Merchants at the same time.
Uhm, insert mistake number one sign here. Why wouldn’t you just disperse the already existing crowd?
I depart to a friend’s house with her and her boyfriend. Majority of those at Rocco’s went straight for Main St. figuring they would just find a different bar to go spend the next 55 minutes until closing at.
Oops. Just kidding, the cops weren’t going to have that. So they close ALL of the bars on Main St.
Insert mistake number two sign here.
Am I to understand the cops literally just put every person inside a bar all onto Main St. at the EXACT same time and didn’t expect to have 300+ people in the street? I’m guessing someone forgot to fill out their risk management paperwork prior to that decision or even think with a bit of common sense.
Now social media is blowing up. Rumors of a stabbing are flying. There is a gang from Rochester in Brockport. Oh no. THERE IS NO ROUTE THREE/DRUNK BUS AKA ALTERNATIVE TRANSPORTATION BACK TO CAMPUS AVAILABLE. Not a single person has any clue what is going on. Why did my bar close? Did someone actually get stabbed? What is going on? Why are all these people outside? Was there a fight? Am I safe? Can I walk home? Woah, why are there so many cops?
I guarantee if you were at the “riot” you asked at least one question to yourself, your followers, your friends or if you were brave enough you asked a cop. If you asked a cop though he probably detained you for disorderly conduct. Feeling a bit bad for the girl in my class right now. We all just wanted some answers too girlfriend!
The cops put us into chaos, confusion and panic and failed to provide answers. When asking questions we were met with threats such as “I will end your college career” (I have that one on video, no worries). As cops started to draw weapons it put students on the defensive. Something must be happening that I don’t know about, that we don’t know about. What were we missing?
Cops from Ogden were informing students there was a stabbing at Merchants.
Insert mistake number pretty much like five at this point sign here.
How am I to feel safe walking home when I don’t know what is going on and those who are supposed to be protecting are adding to the confusion and hysteria??
No, I will not move along officer.
The police could have easily come over the loud speaker and said there was no stabbing and that it was safe to move along home. There. Done. No weapons needed.
Mind you I understand the need for so many officers. We all know if one kid had thrown a punch half the block would have been in on that fight. But the difference is we aren’t a bunch of violent college kids.
There was no violent act committed. No property was damaged. I think it’s important for these townies who hate us so much to keep in mind we didn’t disrespect their village. We just wanted the answers we deserved.
Yes, we could have moved along faster. But we aren’t solely to blame for what was the chaos of the weekend. I mean for crying out loud more arrests were made and tickets issued on Friday night than Saturday night/Sunday morning!
If anything, let’s all blame the Fisher kids that were in town. Haha, not let’s not do that. I’m only kidding.
But seriously. Mr. Officer you didn’t need to threaten anyone, you could be respectful. We don’t have a trust for you. This weekend didn’t help build a trust either. If anything you have built a further divide amongst you and the students. Students who make up majority of this village.
You want to threaten us with a dry village but every person with some common sense knows that won’t pass. Did you even consider the business owners who livelihoods you would be removing if you did that? The college you would be closing because students aren’t going to attend school in a village where alcohol is illegal for even those over the legal drinking age.
Don’t threaten us. We had plenty of that Sunday morning during our face off with you.
Understand that we have rights too. Let’s hope their isn’t a next time, but if there is, don’t feed into the rumors. Tell us the truth. Inform us of the situation. And students, don’t forget to keep on cheering “USA, USA, USA” because if that’s the harshest of our offenses, we must not be too shabby then, eh?