BOSTON (CBS/AP) — Boston police made no arrests after the Patriots lost to the Giants in Sunday’s Super Bowl.
Police had more than 2,000 officers on the streets of Boston near Kenmore Square and North Station in case fans got rowdy.
The crowds were a bit rowdier on the campus of UMass Amherst, though.
Raucous celebrations have led to tragedies after major sports wins by the region’s teams.
In Feb. 2004, 21-year-old James Grabowski was killed during a Patriots Super Bowl victory celebration when a drunken driver plowed into a crowd of revelers who had gathered in the streets.
In Oct. 2004, a 21-year-old Emerson College student celebrating the Boston Red Sox American League Championship Series victory over the New York Yankees was killed when she was struck in the eye by a pepper pellet fired by Boston police during crowd-control efforts. An independent commission found that Victoria Snelgrove’s death was an avoidable tragedy caused by poor police planning and “serious errors in judgment.” Several police officers were suspended, demoted or reprimanded.
In June 2008, a Celtics fan stopped breathing and later died after police took him into custody during street celebrations shortly after the Celtics clinched the 2008 championship.
David Woodman, 22, died at a hospital 11 days after police arrested him on a public drinking charge. Witnesses said Woodman, an Emmanuel College student, was slammed to the ground by police. His parents said the rough treatment caused cardiac arrhythmia and brain damage.
An independent analysis concluded that the death was not caused by police, but by a pre-existing heart condition that police had no way of knowing about. The city agreed to a $3 million settlement with Woodman’s parents.
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