U of M vows students involved in Dinkytown melees 'will be held accountable'
After two disturbances in Dinkytown over the course of three days, University of Minnesota administrators say any students involved "will be held accountable."
How that plays out, though, or whether the U will toughen its anti-rioting policy, hasn't been determined. Meanwhile, a felony charge was filed against one man in connection with the riot Saturday.
On Saturday night, after the Gopher men's hockey 7-4 loss to Union College in the NCAA Frozen Four -- and despite stern "zero-tolerance" warnings from school officials after Thursday's melee -- young adults wreaked havoc in Dinkytown.
Minneapolis police arrested 19 people and booked four of them on suspicion of acts such as unlawful assembly, underage consumption and disorderly conduct, all misdemeanors. One case was forwarded to the Hennepin County attorney's office, spokesman Chuck Laszewski said.
The office charged Michael Juberian, 23, with rioting while armed with a dangerous weapon, a felony, and assaulting a peace officer, a gross misdemeanor. According to the charges, Juberian threw numerous bottles, a rock and a chunk of concrete at police officers on the scene of Saturday's rioting before they subdued him with a stun blow.
University spokesman Steve Henneberry said students' cases will be reviewed separately, with consequences ranging from a warning to suspension or expulsion.
"Any student who was arrested is in violation of the Student Conduct Code," he said. "They will be held accountable."
The university will also look into complaints against students filed with its Office of Student Conduct and Academic Integrity. As of Monday, no such complaints had been filed.
Henneberry said university administrators and campus police officials will meet later this week to review campus preparations for the two games and the response to disruptive behavior. They will consider whether the university should do anything differently in the future.
He stressed that Minneapolis police handle the bulk of the security for such events.
"Ultimately, it's their call and their jurisdiction," he said. "The University of Minnesota Police Department is in a supporting role."
The university confirmed Monday the four individuals booked in Minneapolis after the rioting are current or former students. They are Justin Pinkerton, 21; Ardavan Khodaverdian, 19; Eli Cohen, 20; and Jordan Mooney, 19. The U was not able to confirm if Juberian is a student there.
The Minneapolis Police Department said Monday that it had assigned an investigator to review dozens of video clips and photographs as a part of its investigation into the rioting. The department is encouraging people to call 311 if they were victims of property damage or 612-692-TIPS (8477) if they have information.
The U adopted an anti-rioting policy in 2003 after two consecutive years of hockey tournament wins that resulted in rioting, caused more than $200,000 in damages and led to multiple felony charges against students. It gives the school power to expel students who incite or participate in a riot in any location when it is a result of a university-sponsored event.