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Around midnight on Halloween, police responded to a complaint of an unconscious man at the Riverwalk Townhomes, which are close to East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C. What they encountered when they got there was an enormous, destructive, vicious riot, with about 3,000 students taking part.
All reports point to a shit ton of alcohol mixed with Halloween festivities as culprits behind the wild scene, which found officers being pelted with debris upon responding. They eventually resorted to using tear gas and flash bangs in attempts to disperse the raucous crowd.
How wild did it get? Well, wild enough to have hundreds surrounding a campus transit bus chanting, “Flip that bus!” while others stood atop it and onlookers below shattered some of the windows.
There was also this guy–it’s unclear if his Halloween costume was a monkey or not–scaling a telephone pole.
Apparently that’s the cool thing to do when you riot, as it appears several others showcased their climbing skills as the riot raged on. This compilation of several cell phone videos, snapchats, and Instagram posts prove the scene was nothing less than chaotic.
And what did it look like the day after? As you probably expect: pure carnage.
It took two and a half hours to get the crowd to disperse. Jesus Christ.
Word on the street is that the bus in question is no longer functioning, and several were arrested as a result of their actions.
I’m all for rioting if there’s a justifiable cause, but this just seems like an extreme way to celebrate Halloween. The ECU students could have at least saved up their rage for when the number 21-ranked Pirates lost on the road to an unranked Temple team the following day. Five fumbles in a single game? Now that’s something to riot about..
[via WCTI 12]
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