Updated 03/12/2011 08:47 PM
Six college students arrested in morning riot
Six college students are arrested, after some early St. Patrick ’s Day partying almost turns into a riot. Our C.J. Spang shows us how the early morning incident didn't rain on the parades of many.
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ALBANY, N.Y. -- "Completely unacceptable behavior,” said Det. Jimmy Miller, Albany Police Spokesperson.
That's police describing Saturday morning's riot-like incident in Albany, involving 500 to 1,500 people, which ended with six college students getting arrested.
"We understand St. Patrick's Day, there's a lot of partying associated with that. There's a lot of tolerance there for that. But this type of behavior where you have people's property destroyed, you have an officer being assaulted, you have other individuals being assaulted is completely unacceptable,” said Miller.
While the St. Patrick's Day celebration may have started on a down note, revelers we talked to at the 61st annual Albany St. Patrick's Day Parade weren't going to let the morning incident ruin the rest of the day.
"I kind of remember those days so I try not to let it bug me and I try to just teach my kids that everyone acts a little differently and you act the way you’re supposed to act, don't worry about anyone else,” said Stefanie Ferrow, Albany resident.
"I think you want everyone to have fun and behave responsibly and hope that everyone makes it home safely. I just try to be responsible for what I can be responsible for,” said Maura Mack, Latham resident.
Detective Miller says police expect people to have a good time, but encourage them to do so responsibly.