I'll let the news speak for itself. Here
And here's a campus wide email that was sent out.
"This morning at approximately 1:30 a.m., Wesleyan’s Department of Public Safety requested assistance from the Middletown Police Department to help disperse a crowd on Fountain Avenue. According to the Middletown Police, there were in excess of 200 students on and around Fountain Avenue who would not disperse, verbally abused police and threw objects in the direction of police officers. The police decided to forcibly clear Fountain Avenue. The action resulted in the arrest of five Wesleyan students, two of whom were brought to an area hospital for medical attention. Both were treated and then released into police custody. Students who were at the scene have reported to university administrators and to the police that law enforcement officers used excessive force and were verbally abusive during their action in clearing Fountain Avenue."
"Several hours ago, an incident occurred on Fountain Ave involving an
unusually large police presence. Over a dozen state and local police
vehicles were present. There were multiple arrests and medical
transports. Student witnesses cited the use of excessive force, including
a canine unit, tear gas, rubber bullets, and tasers."
Here are the student perspectives.
Here are a few links to the campus newpaper.
I'm completely horrified that this happened given that it was the last day of classes and students were gathering on a dead end street in the middle of campus the night before leaving. We've had parties much larger than this broken up without any incidents and I sincerely doubt that people were throwing beer bottles at cops. I also doubt that students were given 40 minutes to clear out.
I hope the video footage from the cruisers is made available to the public because in no instance of the response here do I think 'Serve and Protect'...