Dinkytown Riot: Daily Editor Bylines at Strib
Police forced to rein in Dinkytown block party
By VADIM LAVRUSIK, Star Tribune
Hundreds of students became unruly in Dinkytown late Saturday with Minneapolis Police in riot gear trying to break up a block party turned bad.
Police used pepper spray and smoke grenades to disperse the students on 7th Street and between 14th and 13th Avenues SE after a bonfire was lit in the street.
Mike Stahl, a student from nearby Augsburg College, said he was 15 feet from a smoke grenade that went off. "I couldn't breathe," Stahl said. "I understand why the cops are here because I have never seen anything like this."