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Churchill: 'Kegs and Eggs' restraint was missing in West Hill

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11.04.2019

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With bellies full of beer and more, they spilled out of their apartments into the early-morning street. There, the young scholars smashed car windows, taunted police and otherwise embarrassed themselves.

Eight years later, videos of "Kegs and Eggs" anarchy are still on YouTube. I watched some this week — watched the students destroy and disrespect the city, watched alcohol-fueled bravado turn a college crowd into an unruly mob.

The police were also part of the scene, of course, and I'm happy to say officers mostly acted with admirable restraint and professionalism. They did their best to protect property and control the mayhem on Hudson Avenue. They did not beat anybody up.

That's a sharp contrast to the police body-cam videos we've been watching from 523 First St. in West Hill, the ones that show officers breaking up a large, early-morning party with kicks and punches, with disrespect and aggression. Those videos from March 16 have led to assault charges against one officer and the suspension of two others.

Are the situations exactly the same? No.

But there are similarities. Both Kegs and Eggs and the First Street violence happened on early mornings in mid-March. They occurred about 10........

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