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DINKYTOWN RIOT WARNING: Zero tolerance Saturday night

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Minneapolis police and the University of Minnesota have a message for students and anyone else planning to assemble on campus or in Dinkytown following Saturday's NCAA hockey championship game: Zero tolerance – people will be arrested, prosecuted and possibly expelled from school.

MUGSHOTS: 10 arrested in Dinkytown Thursday

Hundreds of students and fans flooded the streets of Dinkytown after the Gophers' semifinal win Thursday night. It was an overwhelmingly peaceful crowd, but some people were jumping on police cars, setting fires and throwing bottles and objects at police. Two officers were taken to HCMC with injuries.

POLICE REVIEWING VIDEO

Minneapolis police are reviewing video footage to identify additional suspects, and witnesses with video or any other information are asked to call the MPD tip line at 612-692-TIPS.

Video: People jump on Minneapolis police squad

Video: Police in riot gear disperse Dinkytown crowds

MPD MESSAGE FOR SATURDAY NIGHT

"The Minneapolis Police Department supports the University of Minnesota as we celebrate the Gophers mens hockey semifinals win. We hope that people celebrate responsibly and lawfully following the Gopher's appearance in the national championship game on Saturday night.

"If celebrations escalate into criminal behavior, the MPD will act to ensure public safety and protect property. Anyone told to disperse from an assembly that has been declared unlawful must immediately leave the area. Failure to do so may result in an arrest."

JUST BEING THERE VIOLATES STUDENT CONDUCT CODE

University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler sent the following message to students Friday morning:

Dear Students,

The actions of a few people in Dinkytown last night unfortunately marred the victory of our Gopher men's hockey team in the semi-final game of the Frozen Four. Ten students were arrested. These actions are unacceptable and must not be repeated.

Any destructive behavior on Saturday night will be met with zero tolerance. University police, Minneapolis police, and other law enforcement from across the metro area will be present and prepared to keep the peace and to arrest suspects. Inappropriate behavior will be prosecuted consistent with the Student Conduct Code and students found responsible will face punishment and, potentially, expulsion.

Let me be clear: Just being present and watching a riot is, in itself, a violation of the Student Conduct Code. Bystanders are equally at risk of being held accountable. If you are present following the game, and it seems like things may be getting out of hand, it's best for you and your friends to leave. In this era of social media, no one is anonymous.

To the overwhelming majority of you who will celebrate our Gopher student athletes with pride and admiration, thank you. Please talk to your friends and classmates. Don't let a few troublemakers ruin our celebration, or mar the reputations of our student body or our great University of Minnesota.

Eric W. Kaler
President

THE GAME

Gophers vs Union College (N.Y.)
Saturday, 6:30 p.m. CT
ESPN2

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