Police break up massive graduation party

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) — Richmond police broke up a graduation party of over 150 people Saturday night, after neighbors say the party was getting out of control.

No one was arrested and no damage was reported, but as graduation week approaches for several local colleges and universities, some police departments are focused on keeping parties orderly.

VCU Police Chief John Venuti told CBS 6 his force increases the number of officers on-duty at certain points in the year, including the weeks close to graduation.

“I think if you’re throwing a party, it’s got to be your responsibility to keep people in check,” said Isaiah, who lives in Oregon Hill where the graduation party was held.  “That’s just the way it is and sometimes people lose sight of that.”

Neighbors in the Oregon Hill area said most party-goers were respectful as they left, and noted that Richmond Police officers handled the situation well.

However, as the number of college graduation parties increase in the coming weeks, Oregon Hill homeowners like Emory Powers hope both college students and permanent residents are respectful towards one another.

“It’s nice to be mindful that you’re not allowed to go crazy and berserk just because you’re young,” said Powers.  “By the same token, you have to have some respect that people need to let off some steam at the end of a semester.”

Stay with CBS 6 News and WTVR.com for continuing coverage of this story.

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