DENVER — Fort Collins police used tear gas, pepper spray balls and other “less-lethal” weaponry to quell several raging parties Saturday evening in the city’s Summerhill neighborhood off West Prospect Road.
Shortly before 9 p.m., police responded to the area after receiving numerous complaints. Party hosts agreed to wrap things up, but police had to return after several hundred people remained to party in the street, police said in a media release Sunday.
The crowd allegedly became “unruly and aggressive,” climbing on cars and throwing objects at officers, police said in the release. People began chanting “f— the police” and officers were forced to retreat to Prospect Road, according to the Fort Collins Coloradoan newspaper.
Officers donned riot gear and pushed back against the crowd around 10:30 p.m. Rubber projectiles, pepper balls and two types of tear gas were deployed against partygoers, police confirmed. The crowd dispersed shortly after.
Three people were transported to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries, but no officers were hurt. No charges have yet been filed, but police said they were reviewing video and other accounts of the incident to see if laws were broken.
An anonymous video posted to YouTube Sunday seemed to document part of the police response. (Warning: Strong language)