Several police departments respond to riots at annual Kent State 'College Fest'

College Fest, an annual block party that Kent State students hold near the end of the school year, got quite out of hand Saturday, leading to 33 arrests.

According to a news release from Kent police, officers from the Kent Police Department, Portage County Sheriff's Office, Brimfield Police Department and Metro SWAT responded to East College Avenue between South Depeyster Street and South Lincoln Street due to a large and unruly crowd.

The release said that despite the police presence throughout the day, crowds continue to grow and become disorderly.

Several fights led to also needing medical response teams at the scene.

Police said the crowds became so defiant that they began to throw bricks and bottles at officers and each other.

Kent police said they used a "measured response" against the violent and riotous people so order could be restored.

Kent State University responded to the non sanctioned event via twitter:
@ksunews: "The university is closely monitoring today's events & supports the city in its efforts to keep celebrations safe for everyone involved."

Kent police arrested 33 people. Of those arrests, eight were for failure to disperse, three OVI and seven juveniles for curfew and underage drinking.

Photos of the event were provided to NewsChannel5 by Philip Botta. He also posted this video, which contains profanity:

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