Police Fire Pepper Balls at ‘Disorderly’ Crowd Near University of Dayton After Coronavirus Dorm Closing Announcement

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Police fired pepper balls to disperse a “disorderly” crowd near the University of Dayton Tuesday evening into Wednesday morning. One person was injured by a thrown bottle.

Police from multiple departments responded to the University of Dayton campus on Lowes Street after a report of a large crowd beginning late Tuesday. Students gathered in large crowds on Lowes Street in reaction to the news that university housing would close Wednesday.

The gathering reportedly started as a party, then escalated. On Tuesday, University of Dayton announced it would suspend in-person classes beginning 8 a.m. March 11. The school also announced it would close campus housing at 6 p.m. Wednesday, two days before spring break begins. The notice gives students less than 24 hours to leave campus housing.

University of Dayton officials said the crowd grew to more than 1,000 people who were throwing objects and bottles in the street and at police, and jumping on cars. “Police gave verbal orders to disperse which were ignored. Police initially launched pepper balls, which contain powder with an irritant that disperses quickly, that were unsuccessful in reducing the crowd size,” the statement from officials said. Reports said around 2:15 a.m., University police and Dayton police gave orders to disperse and moved to clear the street.

source: Cincinnati Enquirer

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