Police presence stepped up ahead of Saturday’s UD game

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — Police from multiple jurisdictions will be out on UD’s campus Saturday along with OSP troopers to help keep celebrations safe.

From revelry to devilry, Dayton police said they have a strategic plan in place to prevent chaos from erupting when the Dayton Flyers take on the Florida Gators Saturday.

“Last night was far more problematic than last weekend. So that’s not promising in terms of the kind of behavior we’re encountering and the fact that it’s becoming more severe in some cases,” said Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl.

That’s why UD Police, Dayton and other jurisdictions, once again, will have an added police presence on campus.

Dayton police say 27 people, including 13 UD students, were arrested Thursday night when the Flyers secured a spot in the Elite 8. Mobs of people swarmed Kiefaber Street inciting fights and causing riot officers to move in. Five officers were injured in the melee.

“Having police officers injured, that’s a big deal for me,” said Chief Biehl.

Dayton police captured video showing our 2 NEWS photographer Josh Ames clinging to our live truck as some in the crowd used their force to rock the vehicle.

Nearby, a surge of people threw punches and viciously stomped a person.

Victory Flags soared in the sky along with beer bottles and cans launched into the crowd.

“All of the alcohol containers, it was unbelievable,” stated Chief Biehl.

At one point fireworks were even set off within the crowd and a roof collapsed with the weight of celebrating students.

While a number of people were unruly, police say most were celebrating responsibly.

“There were literally hundreds of individuals, both students and non-students, as a part of this spontaneous celebration who were orderly, who were respectful, who were there just to enjoy this as a celebration,” said Chief Biehl.

Dayton Police are also hoping for responsible behavior next time around.

“Come to Dayton, have a great time. Hopefully celebrate another victory, but do in a way that’s hopefully lawful and respectful the rights of others,” warned Chief Biehl.

Chief Biehl also said that his officers consult with other departments across the country on tactical plans for situations like this. He just met with an academic expert Friday who deals with student parties that get out of hand. He wants to invite her back to meet with University of Dayton officials as well to work on more strategic plans for situations like this.

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