Police admit to “testing” new riot gear on WIU students
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It was meant to be a party celebrating the upcoming end of the school year but Saturday the annual Wheeler street block party near Western Illinois University got out of hand. Now, the mother of a Western student who was at that party wants answers.
Amateur video taken by students shows them tearing down and burning a stop sign as the block party came to an end. That fire is what Macomb police say started the entire riot. Shortly after the fire began swat teams arrived.
“It was like a military response to these kids, I don’t know how anyone can watch those tapes and think that’s okay,” said Annie Boyd.
But what those videos also show appears to be innocent students pepper sprayed and that has WIU parent Annie Boyd speaking out.
“As a parent I was more afraid for my daughter from the police, I hate to say, than from the partiers,” Annie said.
Annie’s daughter was among those at Saturday’s party when mass chaos broke out.
“They got on the porch, backed up and they still got pepper sprayed,” said Annie about her daughter and her friends. She went on to say, “six friends she said from the pepper spray were vomiting and getting sick.”
In a statement from Macomb’s police chief Curt Barker he says everyone was ordered to leave and disband by the Macomb police and says the message was given using the PA system. He went on to say, “If anyone was close enough to feel the effects of pepper spray then they definitely disobeyed the orders given by officers to leave.”
“I’m not blaming the police but I think what scares me the most is that they think this is an appropriate response to what happened,” said Annie.
Annie says while she believes many of the students were also in the wrong, throwing beer bottles at police, it’s the officers excessive force she’s questioning.
“I would like to see an independent inquiry into what happened, there needs to be somebody to look at all these tapes and look at the constitutionality of what happened to the kids.”
The Macomb newspaper, The McDonough Voice is reporting at least one student has hired an attorney after he was pepper sprayed by police.