Morgantown Mayor: We'll Be Ready For Anything That Happens On Saint Patrick's Day
Written by Andrew Forgotch
Last updated on March 15, 2013 @ 7:33PM
Created on March 15, 2013 @ 5:52PM
St. Patrick's Day 2012 was pure chaos in Morgantown.
Police had to issued hundreds of citations and made dozens of arrests after there were massive riots and partying in the streets.
Most of the destruction was caught on tape thanks the controversial "I'm Schmacked" video. The viral video showed students setting fires, destroying cars, and creating a bunch of chaos.
If that happens this year police will be ready.
On Friday morning officials with the Morgantown Police and Fire Departments met with West Virginia University officials to finalized their plans for any debauchery.
Morgantown Mayor Jim Manilla said he couldn't discuss specifics of the plan, but told 5 News everyone would be ready.
Since Saint Patrick's Day last year city administrators have worked to tighten up rules that make it easier to prosecute students who take part in the riots.
Manilla said there were a number of factors that lead to the problems last year. He mentioned Saint Patrick's Day fell on a Saturday and temperatures reached about 70 degrees. He also mentioned what happened last year wasn't acceptable.
Maniilla said officials are treating this weekend as if there was a major football game in town which means police will be working in full force.
"I know we had a lot of first responders that were hurt from flying beer bottles and bricks," Manilla said. "City (administrators) won't put up with anything like that."
Manilla said said anyone caught breaking the law this weekend will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
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