Dozens of University of Massachusetts, Amherst students stood before a judge Monday after they were arrested during a riot near campus over the weekend.
In all, 73 people were arrested by state, local and campus police during the annual "Blarney Blowout" celebration. Amherst police said student behavior continues to get progressively worse. The campus has been the scene of several riots over the past decade, most recently when the Boston Red Sox won the world series in 2013.
Police said they had all of their officers at the riot meaning there were no officers to respond to another emergency in town. Authorities estimated there were as many as 5,000 people running amuck, and most of them had been drinking. They said their officers were put into a very dangerous situation and something needs to change.
Local police were scheduled to meet with school officials and town leaders Monday afternoon for a regularly scheduled meeting where the events of the weekend were sure to be discussed.
The university released a statement saying they would be continuing talks with police and would also be deciding whether students would be suspended or expelled for their actions over the weekend.
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