Lest Baltimore's Powwow Festivalgoers think they are unique in the surprising police crackdown of some springtime merriment, on Saturday in my old college town of Salisbury, in my old college neighborhood of Smith (St.) and Hazel (Ave.) police arrived because they claim 500 - 700 people had gathered to drink and have a party.
The cops then began pepperspraying college students, claiming someone threw rocks and bottles at them.
I think I can see the Haus O' Losers and almost The Way-Out Haus from this shot. Right around the corner was the Hippie Haus, Haus O' Rok and my house, Haus O' Sweet Pain. (Back in the late '80s/early '90s, we called all the houses that our friends lived in Haus).
Cops busting up parties and pepperspraying students while drug dealers sling rock on corners just serveral blocks been a Smith/Hazel tradition for years.
The comments section of the WBOC article illustrates the timeless contention between residents and students.
Here's what parties on Smith/Hazel looked like back when I lived there.