Boulder DA to investigate “outrageous” University Hill party

Boulder County District Attorney Michael Dougherty on Sunday condemned those who damaged property and assaulted police during an out-of-control party on University Hill Saturday night.

The mass gathering near Pennsylvania Avenue and 10th Street drew as many as 800 revelers Saturday, who packed the street with no social distancing and little mask wearing. The crowd set off fireworks and flipped a car before Boulder police moved in around 8:30 p.m. and ordered everyone to leave. Three officers were struck with bricks or rocks and suffered minor injuries during the incident, police said. Officers deployed what appeared to be gas on the crowd at one point Saturday night.

The district attorney’s office will work with Boulder police to identify and prosecute partiers who damaged property or assaulted police, Dougherty said in a Sunday statement.

“Their callous disregard for our community’s safety and well-being is shameful,” Dougherty said of the partiers. “There is no excuse for this conduct, especially while the people of this community endure the pandemic.”

The University of Colorado Boulder said Saturday that any students who “engaged in acts of violence” toward law enforcement or first responders will be removed from the school and not readmitted.

After the party broke up Saturday, some other CU Boulder students walked the street with garbage bags, picking up trash left during the out-of-control party. They planned to continue the cleanup effort Sunday.

CU Boulder returned for hybrid in-person and virtual learning in mid-February.

Boulder police did not immediately respond to a request for more information on the party Sunday.

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