Morgantown Police Release Riot Tactics
Written by Andrew Forgotch
Last updated on October 12, 2012 @ 8:14PM
Created on October 12, 2012 @ 6:41PM
It's been almost a week since more than 30 street fires were set in Morgantown after WVU's win over Texas.
Since that time, WVU officials, and the Morgantown Police Department have promised to crack down on that sort of behavior, but they haven't said much about how they planned on doing it.
Friday that changed.
After the Mountaineers' win against Texas fans took to the streets and caused massive amounts of destruction . They also threw bottles, and firework at police who were trying to stop them.
In order to squash that behavior officials with the Morgantown Police Department released a statement detailing how it would be dealt with.
Here is the full version of that statement:
"It is the responsibility of the Morgantown Police Department to protect the lives and property of those entrusted in its care. This includes all who live in, visit, and hold interest in the City of Morgantown. As such, it is the intent of the Morgantown Police Department to accomplish this responsibility through the enforcement of laws which protect the rights of all citizens. Should conditions exist such as those that existed in the Sunnyside and Downtown areas on the night of Saturday, October 6, 2012, the activities will be declared a riot and will be governed under West Virginia Law Chapter 61 Article 6. Under this section, law enforcement has the duty to "suppress riots, routs, and unlawful assemblages." Officers will "in the name of the law command them (rioters) to disperse; and if they shall not thereupon immediately and peaceably disperse," those present who fail to assist or obey "shall be deemed a rioter" and may be subject to arrest. The law states that officers "may take all actions which are necessary and reasonable under the emergency to restore law and order." "No person shall willfully fail to obey a lawful order of any mayor, sheriff, deputy sheriff, municipal police officer, member of the Department of Public Safety [West Virginia State Police], or other officer, given pursuant to this section." If anyone engaged in a riot destroys, in whole or in part, any dwelling or public building, they are guilty of a felony, and upon conviction, are subject to a jail term of 1 to 10 years. Other violations of this code may be classified as misdemeanors or felonies depending on the nature and severity of the crime and punishments vary accordingly."
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