6 arrested after riot at UAlbany social event

Tuesday, September 3, 2013
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University at Albany students rioted Saturday during a social event organized by Groove Phi Groove, police said.

Officers found about 700 people standing in line outside the event at the Polish Community Center on Washington Avenue Extension. A group of students were trying to push past the venue’s security personnel to get into the building, police said.

Police worked with UAlbany police to disperse the group, mainly by calling taxis and a bus to take students away. Once they dispersed the crowd, security personnel asked police for help inside the center, where police said about 500 students had gathered and many were beginning to fight.

With the help of police, the event was shut down, but officers had to intervene again after several fights broke out in the parking lot as students left, police said.

In the aftermath, police arrested six people: Stanley Ngoka, 17, of the Bronx, was charged with inciting a riot and resisting arrest; Isaac Ward, 22, of Poughkeepsie, Kadeem Richards, 22, of Bronx, and Jemel Tinsley, 23, of Newburgh, were each charged with rioting and resisting arrest; and Eric Daly, 20, of Baldwin, and Pierre Pascal, 21, of the Bronx, were each charged with unlawful assembly and disorderly conduct.

Groove Phi Groove is a college social group — but not a fraternity — organized in 1962 for young black men, according to the organization’s website. The group wants young black men to serve as positive role models to high school students and portray positive images of black men to combat negative images in society.

The group’s mission statement is to “continually strive to set the right example by doing our best, pulling our own weight and keeping our families, communities and the Fellowship first and foremost in our hearts and minds.”

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September 3, 2013
6:04 p.m.
wmarincic says...

I think they need to re-read the mission statement.

September 4, 2013
9:40 a.m.
Will1960 says...

It's not fair to impugn with a broad brush this organization because some at this event chose to get out of hand. I understand this kind of gotcha journalism. However, it misses the mark in this case since the reporter doesn't know if those arrests were members of Groove Phi Groove or merely thugs outside of this group looking for trouble. Hopefully, they will plan future social events more carefully.

September 4, 2013
1:34 p.m.
wmarincic says...

Will1960 really? Did you read the whole story?

September 4, 2013
1:46 p.m.
Will1960 says...

Yes I did and the story doesn't specify that those arrested or responsible for the riot were members of Groove Phi Groove, even though the story implied they were by posting their mission statement.

September 4, 2013
3:35 p.m.
Sparkys_Dad says...

Not a fraternity? Yeah, okay. Sure. Hey-- The story gave me a good laugh.
"The group wants young black men to serve as positive role models to high school students and portray positive images of black men to combat negative images in society."
What a hoot! I could not stop myself from laughing. Stanley, Isaac, Kadeem, Jemel, Eric, Pierre: THANK YOU! You kids will keep community profiling on track, indeed.

September 4, 2013
3:40 p.m.
Sparkys_Dad says...

How come we subscribers still get crazy ads bouncing around our screens?
I am paying to read your content not to play your 'Blitz' games.
This paper's getting goofy, indeed. I miss Carl Strock.

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