But as Mayor Menino and Boston Police remind fans: Don't make officers get out their pepper spray.
... I see now that you already made that point, Adam, and my snark added nothing. Karma got me for not clicking your link first. D'Oh!
I'd be more afraid of gutless officers randomly firing "non-lethal" bullets into crowds or leaving dying kids handcuffed on the ground.
Usually it the cops showing up as stormtroopers and harassing all the relatively happy drunks until one cops does something provoking and shifts the temperament of a large, drunk crowd.
Then all hell breaks loose, as happy drunks become an angry mob.
Irrational shows of force let BPD request nice fat federal funds for toys like armored cars and star wars weapons. These shows of force are needed to justify those toys and their budget.
They're unneeded and end up causing more property damage and human harm then a proper, measured response would.
Can you tell me what a proper, measured response is? Can you put a manpower number on that?
Keep in mind that both recent deaths by the BPD had little to do with large shows of force than it did with not following the proper procedures by officers (and improper equipment and training in one)
You also have to keep in mind the failure of other police departments when they take the "let's let them celebrate and then they will go home" approach (See LA 2000,2001, Montreal 1993, Vancouver 1994 and 2011, etc, etc.
It's summer, no college students. When the Bruins won nothing happened besides a few people climbing on top of the North Station T building because the colleges were mostly out for the summer.
Much different when the Sox are competing in September/October and the Pats in Jan/Feb.
Damage out of any of it happen over by the garden after/during a Celtics championship run?
A lot of the troublemakers are not, nor have been college students. You go down the lists of arrest and it's always 80/20 burbs/boston.
Students do come out in mass, but tend to cheer, then meager back inside when they get tired.