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.”