The Akron Police Department is investigating a large party in the 400 block of Sumner Street that occurred Saturday night, and got way out of hand. By midnight, the party swelled to nearly a thousand people. Several of the party-goers started kicking and throwing beer bottles and other items at a parked car on the street, before tipping the car over onto its roof.
Officers from the Akron Police Department and the University of Akron Police Department were dispatched to the area, and were pelted with beer bottles and cans. A shift commander on scene gave the order to disperse to the crowd of partiers. Shortly after the second command to disperse was given, officers suited up in riot gear and deployed smoke then tear gas.
By 2 am, the crowd had dispersed.
Police investigators plan to use the video footage taken by individuals and posted on social media sites to make arrests. Those individuals could face charges of inciting to riot, rioting and destruction of property. If those involved are University of Akron students, they will additionally be referred to Student Judicial Affairs for University sanctioning.
Officers plan to be out in full force over the next several weekends to control such large parties.
The Akron Police Department is asking for the public’s help identifying anyone in the following pictures involved in the damage to the car. If you know someone in the photos, the Akron Police Gang Unit should be called at (330) 375-2911.