Ohio State Riots

Payton McClintock

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The night of January 12, after Ohio State’s win against Oregon in the National Championship, an outbreak of fans downtown were said to be setting fires, blocking emergency vehicles, and hitting police officials with beer cans and balls of ice.  In retaliation, police on the scene resorted to tear gas and pepper spray to separate the crowd.

Because of this situation, police have reported that the handling of big crowds and riots such as that night will be corrected with better planning and training.  The Columbus and Ohio State police failed to observe the planning and discussion of flocking the University District online.  Social media apps like Twitter and YikYak went entirely unchecked, allowing the fans’ plans of meeting up and storming the stadium to be completely unknown.

Along with checking social media sites, OSU police’s communication skills will be worked on.  The night of the game, rapid deployment of backup officers was called for, however many had no idea what they were needed for.  The lack of communication spread the officer’s control very thin, allowing the celebratory rioting to go on even longer.

Police will also now be taking more precautionary measures.  Although the police did have public trash cans emptied before the game to limit possible fire sources, private trash cans were not, regardless of their proximity to campus.

Columbus police admitted to needing more video cameras to document the celebratory riots to gain a better understanding as to how to handle them.  As well as declaring that the next time, an aggressive arrest policy with maximum charges will be put into effect to make those participating aware of the seriousness of these riots.

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