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Police use tear gas on university students

April 14, 2014
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Police used tear gas over the weekend to quell a disturbance by a crowd of university students.

Kalamazoo police said a civil disturbance broke out Saturday in a crowd of about 2,000 at a Western Michigan University student neighborhood, with some people fighting and throwing bottles and rocks at officers seeking to restore order.

Police said officers used tear gas to disperse the crowd in the afternoon. They said no injuries were reported.

The Department of Public Safety said in a statement that the crowd grew out of a student event called "House Crawl."

Police said it began peacefully, but some participants began drinking alcohol in public, making excess noise and fighting.

The department said WMU police also helped quell the disturbance.

Police said the disorder left streets littered with broken glass and cans, and some furniture was set on fire.

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