10 arrested in Dinkytown disturbance

MINNEAPOLIS - Police made 10 arrests and shut down Dinkytown bars early after a wild celebration erupted at 14th Avenue and 4th Street on Thursday night.

The revelers were celebrating the last second victory by the University of Minnesota hockey team in the NCAA Frozen Four tournament in Philadelphia.

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Authorities said that those arrested face charges of unlawful assembly and disorderly conduct.

Celebrants poured into the streets after the winning goal was scored with just 0.6 seconds left in the game. The drama on the ice was echoed in the wild behavior of fans who were confronted by Minneapolis police in riot gear.

"It started as a celebration, really and quickly grew a little bit out of hand," said University of Minnesota sophomore Alec Fischer.

The communications major grabbed his cell phone and began to video the scene.

"I was pushed away by police, so I was not able to film the whole thing, but, from what I saw," said Fischer, "students were on cop cars and there were students on top of light poles and fireworks were being shot off."

Fischer said some of the fireworks were landing in the swelling crowd. He said bottles and other objects were thrown at the advancing police lines.

"I think once crowds started getting down here and doing what they did, getting pretty rowdy, the police started pushing everybody this way," said Mike Mulrooney, manager of Blarney's Pub and Grill.

"They (police) came up to us and said 'OK, nobody else is going inside. You guys are done.' That was about midnight, a little bit after midnight. So, it had an effect on us for the last two hours of the night, definitely."

Mulrooney estimated the loss in sales amounted to $6,000 to $8,000.

Court dates for those arrested are set for later in April.


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