I'm not sure if the police response was necessary or not but since it lead to no injuries and the preservation of all the windows on State Street, I figure that it was probably the right call... although perhaps the police were leaning on the side of caution rather than necessity.
Monday, October 31, 2005
Whatever happened to Saturday night?
Dane 101 has a poll asking who started what happened Saturday night on State Street. It was, without question, the revelers. Many of them wanted to be tear gassed, and were only disappointed it didn't quite go to being a full-scale riot. The police, on the other hand, think they failed because the lack of injuries and property damage came at the cost of using the stuff. On the other hand, this makes the use of tear gas an essentially pre-emptive measure, but understandable given what's happened previous years. To quote Madison Underground: