03:59 GMT, 11 September 2013
07:09 GMT, 11 September 2013
Almost 4,000 wild University of Delaware students rioted in the streets of Newark last night after a party being filmed by YouTube documentary hit series ‘I’m Shmacked’ spiraled out of control.
The trouble began at around 11.30 p.m. and took around 75 police officers and 60 squad cars from around the state to bring the disorderly crowd under control leading to the arrest of three people – including the cameraman from ‘I’m Shmacked’.
Cars were damaged, trash cans were upturned and initial reports suggested that a vehicle had been set on fire, although police later denied that occurred.
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Riot: Thousands of University of Delaware students took to the streets after a hit YouTube series tweeted that they would arrive to film their coed party
The trouble began when the founders of the ‘I’m Shmacked’ series, which is based around a party bus which travels to various coed college parties for no-holds-barred shockumentaries, tweeted they would be at a frat house at University of Delware that evening.
That announcement spread like wildfire on social media, with over 1,200 retweets leading to thousands gathering at the 400 block of South College Avenue near the University of Delaware campus.
However, before the filming crew could arrive, police turned up to break the party up, which led to the disappointed college students wandering aimlessly through Newark’s streets just before midnight.
‘Multiple subjects were urinating in public and trespassing throughout yards in the area,’ said Cpl. James N. Spadola in a release.
Unruly: The students jumped onto cars on the main streets – causing damage to some vehicles and police arrested three people by the end of the evening
Late Night Antics: The police said that the trouble kicked off at around 11.30 p.m. and that they sent over 60 officers to intervene
‘While officers were dispersing the disorderly crowd, the mob began blocking traffic on South College Avenue and walking on the hoods of cars.’
However, ‘I’m Shmacked’ creator Arya Toufania said that he was shocked by the level of disruption on display on Monday night.
‘We’ve had riots before, nothing that bad before, ever, I’ve never seen anything that extreme.’
He even went as far as to blame the police for creating the disturbance and not controlling the crowd properly.
‘The real instigators of the riot were the police,’ Arya Toufania told the New York Daily News.
‘They could have shut the party down, cornered it off, it just seemed as if they were, like, monitoring the riot.’
Instagrammed: This collage was uploaded to Instagram claiming to show the riot as it unfolded – note – there was no evidence that any vehicles were set on fire during the unrest on Monday night
One university student told the New York Daily News that a ‘sea of students’ filed the length of the campus’ Main Street.
Photographs from the riotous evening show students standing semi-naked on rooftops and hundreds more spilling onto the streets with what appears to be alcohol in red cups.
Police said that several people were ticketed for urinating in public and trespassing through yards in the area and two frat house residents, 19-year-old Anthony Ladisernia and 20-year-old Evan Touzzoli, were both arrested and charged with hosting a disorderly premise.
Officers said that as the crowd was dispersed, drunk students began to walk on the hoods of cars and congregated around 26-year-old cameraman Marcus Hyde.
According to police, Hyde is part of the ‘I’m Shmacked’ collective and his arrest was because his filming encouraged the students to act even wilder.
Response: This photograph is purportedly of the Newark, Delaware response to the University of Delaware riots of Monday night
Messy: Excitable University of Delware students crowd a camera filming on the Main Street by the university campus
‘There was everyone on the roof, they knocked down a fence,’ said a student who attended to NBC Philadelphia.
‘It was a riot. They were jumping and screaming bad things at the cops and throwing beer bottles. I’m not a fan of it. I think it makes us kind of look bad.’
According to Toufania, the riot was already in progress when he and his crew arrived.
‘We’re not here to cause trouble,’ he said to the Daily News.
‘A lot of the students, the less mature ones, think it’s okay to flip cars over and break things, and those actions get attributed to my company.’
The creators of ‘I’m Shmacked’ were associated to a similar riot that hit West Chester in May and the University of Delaware Office of Student Conduct is scheduled to hold an emergency hearing for the two students who were arrested.
The University also sent a letter to students.
‘To be sure, the vast majority of students did not and would not participate in such an embarrassing, dangerous and costly episode,’ the letter stated.
‘The few who did have cast a negative light on the University as a whole and on the character of our community.