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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Comments (4)
  1. Cynic says:

    WBZ still clings to the myth that James Grabowski was killed by a drunken driver that drove into a crowd of celebrants.
    The reality is that James Drabowski was one of the drunken rioters that were turning over and burning cars on Symphony Road.
    The motorist whos car was being rocked by the rioters had very good reason to fear for his life and attempted to flee.
    The victim who was charged because the rioter, Grabowski,was the son of a State Trooper and no other reason was unjustly sentenced to seven years in prison.

  2. Italo says:

    What does it matter? After the first 2000s Superbowl post-game Boston fans mayhem and violence, the Boston Police Department vowed this wouldn’t happen again but yet, then, it did still, after the second of the Pats’ 2000s Superbowl win. Why does this always somehow still manage to happen, as if the city cannot handle the chaos completely or correctly?

  3. Pats Fan in NY says:

    be safe my extended long blue line family. dad was nypd for 30+ years, back in the days when this was not part of a normal detail. whether hooliganism takes place in ny or new england, it detracts from what hopefully will be a well played game. as forrest gump said, “stupid is as stupid does.”

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