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#1 Old 10-22-2004, 07:03 AM
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This is terrible...that poor girl and her family. I don't necessarily blame the officer as it was a freak accident. If people weren't acting like (for lack of a better word) animals, than crowd control measures wouldn't have to be enforced and this girl would be alive.



Red Sox Fan Killed by Police Projectile

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By GREG SUKIENNIK

BOSTON (AP) - A college student celebrating the Red Sox come-from-behind victory over the New York Yankees was killed after a police officer called in to control the rowdy crowd shot her in the eye with what was designed to be a non-lethal projectile.



Fifteen other people, including a police officer, suffered minor injuries in Boston's Kenmore Square neighborhood early Thursday, after thousands of baseball fans spilled onto the streets near Fenway Park to celebrate the Red Sox winning the American League pennant at Yankee Stadium.



Boston's mayor said he was considering banning alcohol sales in the city during the World Series to avoid a repeat of the rowdiness.



Victoria Snelgrove, a 21-year-old journalism major at Emerson College, was hit by a projectile fired by an officer on crowd-control duty. Snelgrove, of East Bridgewater, died of a head injury at Brigham and Women's Hospital later in the day.



Police Commissioner Kathleen O'Toole said officers were using projectiles ``designed to break upon impact, dousing the target with (pepper-like) spray.''



``While I firmly and emphatically accept responsibilities for any errors,'' O'Toole said at a news conference Thursday, ``I also condemn in the harshest words possible the actions of the punks (Wednesday) night who turned our city's victory into an opportunity for violence and mindless destruction.''



O'Toole and Mayor Thomas Menino pledged to fully investigate. Menino said he will seek cooperation from city colleges, bars in the Fenway Park neighborhood and the Boston Red Sox to help prevent future disturbances. He said he would press colleges to expel students found guilty of criminal conduct in the melee.



Rick Snelgrove expressed outrage and said his daughter did nothing wrong. Standing outside the family home, he held up a photograph of his smiling daughter.



``What happened to her should not happen to any American citizen going to any type of game, no matter what,'' he said. ``She loved the Red Sox. She went in to celebrate with friends. She was a bystander. She was out of the way, but she still got shot. Awful things happen to good people. My daughter was an exceptional person.''



Mayor Thomas M. Menino said he was considering prohibiting liquor sales and asking bar and restaurant operators to ban live television coverage during games to curb the rowdiness. ``Since people won't accept responsibility, I, as mayor, will take it into my own hands,'' Menino said Thursday.



Menino planned to meet with bar and nightclub owners Friday. He said he was considering invoking a state law, never before used in Boston, that would allow him to ban the sale or distribution of alcohol ``in cases of riot or great public excitement.''



Early Thursday, several small fires were set and numerous fights broke out. Boston police reported eight arrests, mostly for disorderly conduct, though one arrest was for assault and battery on a police officer.



City officials had announced there would be a heavy police presence in Kenmore Square for the history-making victory by the Red Sox, who came back from 3-0 deficit to advance to the World Series.



The city had been caught understaffed when riots broke out after the New England Patriots' Super Bowl win Feb. 1, when one person was killed and another critically injured when a vehicle plowed into a crowd of revelers.



Elsewhere Thursday, 29 people were arrested at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst after revelers threw beer cans and flaming toilet paper at police. And at the university's Dartmouth campus, about 2,000 people had to be dispersed by police using stun grenades.



In New Hampshire, police made about 15 disorderly conduct arrests as crowds swarmed the campus of Plymouth State University and surrounding neighborhoods.
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#2 Old 10-22-2004, 07:53 AM
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I saw that on the news last night. It is so sad. I bet the police feel terrible. In my opinion, the blame should be on the drunken idiots who forced the police do what they did.
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Yeah, the idiots shouldn't have been doing that, but that girl should have left. I'm not gonna blame her for dying, but when you're out in public with a bunch of idiots setting fire to stuff and knocking down signs, and the riot police come out, you gotta know that it's not exactly the safest place.
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#4 Old 10-22-2004, 03:11 PM
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Very true, SpunkyChild.
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sad event..not really much to say..cop may have made a mistake but it doesnt seem like they were trying to kill anyone...
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This is yet another death caused by these storm troopers NON LETHAL weapons.
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Boston always goes crazy after a big win. I was on a college campus when the Patriots won the Super Bowl and thousands of people poured into the streets, tipped things over, and climbed trees. Cars were honking well into the night.



It was madness. It's just too bad people can't go mad and celebrate and not destruct things at the same time.



And this is why I support the Prohibition Party!
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Thats alcohol for you, you know that wonderful, er, social drug
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[QUOTE=mikie



And this is why I support the Prohibition Party! [/QUOTE]



Funniest damn thing I've read on VB this week, lol.

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Originally Posted by BadrashClothing View Post

This is yet another death caused by these storm troopers NON LETHAL weapons.



Perhaps the folks who were busy beating each other and destroying property are a bit complicit here as well.

The ones I pity are the ones who never stick out their neck for something they believe, never know the taste of moral struggle, and never have the thrill of victory. - Jonathan Kozol
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