BREAKING: At Least 30 Injured at Keene State College Party, Party Devolved Into Riots Where Police Shot Tear Gas & Rubber Bullets
At least 30 people were injured at a party just off the campus of Keene State College in New Hampshire on Saturday, the city’s fire chief confirmed. Twenty people were transported to hospitals, according…
At least 30 people were injured when a party near Keene State College in New Hampshire got out of control Saturday, afternoon, and the chaos resumed at night.
Twenty people were transported to hospitals, according to Keene Fire Chief Mark Howard, who said that injuries appeared to be minor at this time.
Just before 10 p.m. Saturday, fires were lit and police unloaded tear gas into another crowd that gathered.
Most of the injuries were caused by people getting hit by objects, including bottles.
The incident took place around 2:30 p.m. at a party near the intersection of Winchester Court and Winchester Street, adjacent to the school’s campus.
A large police and fire presence remained at the scene through the afternoon. The city, which already had four times the ordinary number of first responders on for the event, to call in even more reinforcements.
"We have several resources here, but yes, it was well beyond a normal response," said Howard.
Bystanders describe the chaos as police tried to control the unruly crowd.
"They just started walking on the street, with, like, mace, tear gas and these rubber bullets," said one witness.
"I think this year, it was not as bad as last year, but I think the police are being much more aggressive," said another. "I think the pepper spray was a little much - rubber bullets were a little much.
Howard says officials are looking out for the safety of the community and will remain in the area all night.
"I was in Keene this afternoon and met with our public safety officials and visited the medical tent and other volunteers," wrote Gov. Maggie Hassan in a statement. "We will continue to monitor the situation and provide any assistance necessary to Keene."
The annual Keene Pumpkin Festival is being held nearby. According to the school, the large number of visitors contributed to the incident.
"One large assembly on Winchester Street drew multiple responses from Keene Police on Saturday afternoon. The college is not able to report on injuries or arrests," said Keene State College in a statement. "These incidents do involve Keene State students, and also visitors to Keene."
The school added that it is communicating with current students and their parents.
"I am saddened and disheartened at the events surrounding this year’s Keene Pumpkin Festival," said Keene State College President Anne Huot in a statement Saturday night. Despite the concerted efforts of organizers, city officials, police, and Keene State College, there continued to be disruptive behavior at parties in multiple locations around the city, injuries, and property damage."
Huot said that the school intends to hold the students who “played a part in this behavior.”
"This is an issue that we can only solve together and we, at Keene State College, are eager to renew in earnest the conversation that leads to meaningful change," she said.
According to Keene State College, off-campus incidents occurred Friday but subsided overnight.
BREAKING: Alaska’s constitutional ban on #MarriageEquality (1st in the USA) gets struck down. Sarah Palin’s not gonna be happy about this. #AK4M
Federal judge strikes down Alaska’s first-in-the-nation gay marriage ban - @AP— Yahoo News (@YahooNews) October 12, 2014
GREAT DAY IN ALASKA! Sarah Palin’s gonna be mighty mad!
BREAKING: North Carolina’s Amendment 1 has been struck down.
The details are still emerging, but there are already some glaring inconsistencies between the police account and witness accounts.
BREAKING: Nevada and Idaho get added to the #MarriageEquality legalization map
BREAKING: The U.S. Supreme Court will not be deciding on same-sex marriage this session. However, this means that due to lower court decisions, marriage equality comes to about 13 more states, including Utah, Wisconsin, and more, bringing the grand total of states that will have marriage equality to 30, including the District of Columbia.
@KennettDems: BREAKING: Supreme Court rejects gay marriage appeals from 5 states.
Here’s What That Means: http://t.co/JkavTRsMB2
More: Supreme Court rejects marriage equality appeals from Indiana, Utah, Oklahoma, Virginia, Wisconsin - @AP
BREAKING: Missouri judge rules that the Show-Me State must recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states. #ShowMeMarriage #MO4M #LGBTQ
So happy to see Missouri’s ban on marriage equality struck down.
The main point that we know right now is that marriages performed out of state are recognized. More to come. #ShowMeMarriage— PROMO Missouri (@PROMOMissouri) October 3, 2014
The ruling means that any couple legally married outside of Missouri, their marriage will be recognized in Missouri. #ShowMeMarriage— PROMO Missouri (@PROMOMissouri) October 3, 2014
BREAKING: There has been unconfirmed reports of a police officer killed in Ferguson, MO. Police are getting into riot gear, and tensions in Ferguson are at a climax yet again.
- There are about 80 protesters. Patricia Bynes is here too. #ferguson
- Apparently police are being instructed to get in riot gear. #Ferguson
- Bad situation. Reports of a cop killed. Angry cops, angry people in #Ferguson.
- Nothing confirmed on massive police presence. Cops arriving from both directions on w Florissant. Hearing rumors of shooting. #Ferguson
- No picture can do justice to the number of police. No less than 50 cars. #Ferguson
- Unconfirmed Reports of cop shot in #Ferguson. Multiple PD on scene. #EMSleaves lights and sirens with police escort.
- St. Ann, St John PD, MO State Troopers, Normandy, Breckenridge, STL County all on West Florissant by the Conoco
- BREAKING: Officer Shot in #Ferguson please stay away from that area, they say around QT they got K9 and helicopter
- Apparently suspect with shotgun ran into woods. Neighborhood is closed off.#Ferguson
Breaking news on James Traficant:
WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric Holder, the first African-American to hold the nation’s top law enforcement position, plans to announce on Thursday that he will resign the post he’s held for nearly six years as soon as a successor can be confirmed.
Holder plans to make the announcement, which was first reported by NPR’s Carrie Johnson, at a press conference at the White House on Thursday afternoon. The 63-year-old will call his tenure as attorney general the “greatest honor” of his professional life, according to a Justice Department official.
President Barack Obama, who has a close personal relationship with Holder, will not name his successor on Thursday and has not decided on a replacement. Holder discussed his plans with Obama on several occasions over the last few months, and finalized his decision at the White House residence over Labor Day weekend, according to a DOJ official. If Holder stays in office until December, he will become the third-longest serving attorney general in the history of the United States.
Holder, a frequent target of Republicans in Congress over the past several years, has made criminal justice reform his top priority in the last year. In an interview with The Huffington Post earlier this year, Holder said he had no firm plans about when he would step down.
"In terms of my own thinking of how long do I stay … I talk about tasks and trying to see certain things through," Holder said. "I want to try to get a few things done before I ultimately leave."
As a private citizen, Holder wants to find ways to help restore trust between law enforcement and minority communities, according to a Justice Department official. Holder visited Ferguson, Missouri, last month, and has focused much of his career on civil rights issues.
Holder has plans to visit Scranton, Pennsylvania, on Friday, where he’ll complete his goal of visiting all 93 U.S. attorney’s offices.
Holder has spoken about his resignation before, telling the New Yorker in February he was planning to leave office sometime this year.
Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson has issued a video apology to the family of Michael Brown, saying the 18-year-old’s body was left in the street for too long last month after he was fatally shot by an officer in the St. Louis suburb.
The video was released by a public relations agency Thursday, the same day Brown’s parents were in Washington with civil rights leaders. Messages left with Jackson and attorneys for Brown’s family were not immediately returned.
Brown was killed Aug. 9 during a confrontation with Officer Darren Wilson. Brown’s body remained in the street for more than four hours.
The incident sparked racial unrest and numerous protests, including some that turned violent. In the video, Jackson also apologized to any peaceful protesters who felt their rights were violated.
To date, four federal circuit court rulings in cases from five states have been appealed to the Supreme Court of the United States
UPDATE: Today the Supreme Court scheduled marriage equality cases from all five states for consideration at its Sept. 29 private conference. The nine justices will meet that date to consider a large number of case requests that have come before them this summer. There’s no guarantee as to whether the Court will take up a case or cases, or put the issue off for a later conference.
Yesterday state officials in Indiana and Wisconsin formally petitioned the Supreme Court of the United States for writ of certiorari (here and here), asking the highest court in the nation to hear their appeals of circuit court rulings striking down their states’ marriage bans. The plaintiffs challenging the bans filed responses to those petitions (here and here), urging the justices to take up their cases and decide the issue of marriage equality nationwide once and for all.
One hilarious, albeit insulting, tidbit from Indiana’s petition to the court takes issue with the Seventh Circuit’s assertion that state marriage bans target gays and lesbians for unfair discrimination. The state’s response?
“The [marriage ban] itself makes no mention of sexual orientation, and as the case record in this case amply demonstrates, homosexuals often do marry members of the opposite sex in Indiana.”
Basically, gay people can legally marry in Indiana – as long as it’s to someone of the opposite sex. So technically there’s no discrimination happening.
To date, federal appeals court rulings in marriage cases out of Utah, Oklahoma, Virginia, Indiana and Wisconsin have been appealed to the Supreme Court. The Court is under no obligation as to which case or cases – if any – it choses to hear on appeal. However, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg recently told reporters the Court will not “duck” a marriage case. “I think the court will not do what they did in the old days when they continually ducked the issue of miscegenation,” Ginsburg said. “If a case is properly before the court, they will take it.”
The Court announces cert decisions as part of an orders list, which is generally released on the Monday morning after the Justices’ private conference. The opening conference for the October 2014 term is Monday Sept. 29th, meaning that Monday Oct. 6th is likely the earliest day for a possible announcement.
To learn more about the cases pending before the Supreme Court and the dozens of others working their way through the courts across the country, visit AmericansForMarriageEquality.org.
BREAKING: Missouri State Senate Republicans’ controversial 72-hour waiting period on abortion bill that was originally vetoed by Governor Jay Nixon has been passed into law during Missouri’s veto session.
Senate Republicans kill filibuster, vote to override @GovJayNixon veto of 72-hour abortion waiting period http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article2048499.html … #moleg