More than 40 people, including several law enforcement
officers, were taken to hospitals for treatment after clashes
broke out between partygoers and police during the annual
"Deltopia" street party in Isla Vista, about 11 miles south of
The party draws up to 15,000 people every year, mainly college
students from the nearby University of California at Santa
Barbara, officials said.
The melee erupted Saturday evening after a university police
officer was hit in the head with a backpack filled with large
bottles of liquor, the sheriff's office said in a statement. The
officer was hospitalized with a "significant head injury,"
according to the statement.
Authorities tried to break up the event by declaring an unlawful
assembly, and "chemical agents and less lethal foam projectiles
were deployed to disperse the crowds," the statement said.
At least five other sheriff's deputies were injured, including
one who was hit in the face with a brick and two who were hit
with bottles, the statement said.
Partygoers were also blamed with setting several small fires and
ripping down stop signs, authorities said. There was no
immediate word on how many of the 100 arrested would be charged
(Reporting by Victoria Cavaliere in New York;
editing by Cynthia
Johnston and Paul Simao)
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