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Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Boulder University Hill riot investigation nears end, officials announce

Officials announced Wednesday that the Boulder Police Department conducted an investigation into the March 6 University Hill riots, which resulted in minor injuries to first responders and property damage.

Ten people have been arrested in connection with the riots and three warrants are still pending.

The University of Colorado Boulder investigation into student conduct violations by the riots is also about to end, campus officials announced Wednesday. The CU Boulder Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution received a “what is likely the last large batch” of referrals from the Police Department and is now reviewing 70 student conduct cases.

To date, CU Boulder has placed 43 students on probation and suspended four students. The university did not find sufficient information in 123 referrals to proceed with the student conduct process.

Spokesman Andrew Sorensen said there are eight additional student conduct cases that do not have sufficient evidence. He said campus officials believed they could find out more about him.

The March 6 riot began as a party that grew near 10th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue to an estimated 500 to 800 people, mostly college-aged. The attendees overturned one car and threw goods at the other car and also threw stones and bricks at the responding officers and their vehicles. Three officers received minor injuries.

According to CU Boulder, no student referred for violating the conduct policy has so far included attacks on law enforcement.

Boulder Police Chief Maris Harold said the vast amount of evidence – more than 1,000 tips and video submissions – made for a lengthy investigation, adding that the mass shooting at King Sopers also delayed.

“We made a promise to our community that there would be arrests and even though it has been a long road, we kept that promise,” Harold said in a statement.

University Hill resident Alan Bernstein said Wednesday he still wanted to see additional steps taken to prevent disruption in the neighborhood.

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