Boston Police Hoping To Curb Fan Violence After The Super Bowl

BOSTON (CBS) – There are concerns about violence in the streets of Boston if the Patriots win or lose on Sunday. College students are being told to stay inside during and after the Super Bowl.

Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis says the city will be limiting access around the TD Garden, as well as Kenmore Square after halftime of the game.

According to Universal Hub, some Northeastern students were warned they could be arrested if they go outside.

WBZ-TV’s Beth Germano reports

“It’s not possible for us to arrest someone for just being outside,” says Commissioner Davis. “That is misleading.”

Police will be watching and videotaping from the ground and by air, and will use it to prosecute crimes. State Police will provide surveillance from the air.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Bernice Corpuz reports

Any students arrested will face criminal charges as well as penalties from their college or university.

“The best thing to do is celebrate, have a good time, but don’t get into a situation where you are breaking anything,” says Commissioner Davis.

There have been three deaths following sports celebrations in recent years. In 2004, 21-year-old James Grabowski was killed after being hit by a car during Patriots Super Bowl celebrations.

Also in 2004, 21-year-old Emerson College student Victoria Snelgrove died after being hit by a pepper pellet fired by police while celebrating Red Sox ALCS win at Fenway Park.

And in 2008, 22-year-old David Woodman stopped breathing while in police custody during Celtics championship celebrations. He had a pre-existing heart condition.

WBZ-TV’s Karen Anderson contributed to this report.


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