Police prep for UD’s trip to the Sweet 16

Area police prepare for Sweet 16 game.
Area police prepare for Sweet 16 game. (WDTN Photo)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – All is calm on the University of Dayton’s campus.

A much different scene from Saturday when the men’s basketball team beat Syracuse.

Right now, police are reviewing their plans and procedures to decide if they should do anything differently for Thursday’s game.

Students poured into the streets chanting cheers Saturday. Fans appeared under control until a bottle got thrown. “To protect the safety of others, at that time we were obligated to shut things down,” said Lt. Andrew Booher, Dayton Police Department.

Booher says this was part of a plan, mapped out by Dayton police and university officials beforehand should celebrations get out of control.

Officers responded in riot gear and shut down the party. Cars were left damaged. Five people were arrested. Four were UD students.

The university released a statement that said in part, “We don’t encourage or condone the behavior that went beyond the limits of responsible celebration.”

I asked if police plan to do anything differently Thursday as Dayton takes on Stanford in the Sweet 16.

“We’ll meet with UD police and critique everything. Make sure everything worked as well as we wanted it to.”

“A lot of people, they understood how to have their party through the weekend and possible ramifications if people start to riot or get out of hand.”

The University will be reviewing it policies with students. Officials would not commented further on the celebrations.

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