MPD: Around 12,000 attend 2017 Mifflin Street Block Party; no serious incidents

MPD: Around 12,000 attend 2017 Mifflin Street Block Party; no serious incidents

Madison police reported no serious incidents Saturday at the 2017 Mifflin Street Block Party, the annual spring event that brings University of Wisconsin-Madison students together to celebrate the end of the school year.

The event is known for its chaotic house parties, binge drinking and large crowds. Occasionally, violent incidents have occurred.

Madison Police Department spokesperson Joel DeSpain said in a news release that around 65 people were cited and released for infractions like drinking on streets and sidewalks, carrying glass containers and urinating in public.

“Most celebrants were well-behaved but there was also some dangerous behavior,” the release said. “Several people, standing on balconies, threw beer cans and other items at police and others.”

DeSpain said a “couple of people” were taken to jail.

“A few injuries were reported for things like falling out of a tree and off of a curb. There was also some minor property damage,” the release said.

Madison Police Chief Mike Koval has previously called for the block party to be scrapped , citing concerns over binge drinking.

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