The opposition of parties
For the last year or so, I have observed an opposition that occurs every weekend on the U of M campus.... parties. They happen every weekend, whether it be at a frat house (boo), a house, or the dorms. So, what is the opposition you say? Well, if you've ever been to a party that got busted, it should be obvious. The opposition I am referring to is the police vs. party people. Many college students like to party, and they like to party a lot, hence the parties every weekend. Needless to say, there is usually massive amounts of alcohol consumption at these parties. At most parties, many of the people drinknig are underage, which is illegal. So, here is where the police come into play. This year, U of M and Minneapolis police have a program called "Party patrol." Every weekend, officers are sent out in squad cars to specifically bust big parties. They bust parties, give out underage drinking citations, and even sometimes "noisy assembly" citations to complety sober people at parties. It used to be that police would arrive at a party and bust it after a neighbor or someone called the police, usually because of the noise or property damage like public urination. Now, however, nobody needs to call the police for a party to get busted. So, the opposition consists of college students who want drink, party, and have a good time, but on the other hand, police don't want parties getting out of hand and underage people to be drinking. What should be done about this opposition? It obviously angers many sutdents who get cited, it angers neighbors, and it occupies much of the police force and tax money. My resolution to this opposition is to completely remove the "party patrol" program, and go back to the original way of busting parties, which is from call-ins. The officers on party patrol have much more serious crimes to attend to, such as the high rate of campus assaults this semester, not to mention the high rate of murder this year as well. I think that police should arrive at parties only when a neighbor or someone calls 911 to complain about the party. This actually gives them a reason to bust the party. How important are a few 19 and 20 year-olds drinking, dancing, and playing beer-pong, when there are assaults, murders, and theft happening all over the campus and city every weekend? This is the question that students, police, and residents must ask themsleves when considering this opposition of police vs. parties.