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Scattered Violence in Richmond Following VCU Loss



    Some VCU fans marked the team's Final Four loss by burning furniture and tipping trash cans. (Published Monday, April 4, 2011)

    Despite the Rams' semifinal loss Saturday night, VCU fans spilled into the streets of Richmond to continue celebrating their team's remarkable run to the Final Four. Despite the celebration, some took out their frustration with the end of the Cinderella story by burning furniture and tipping over trash cans.

    It was mostly a celebratory crowd on Broad Street between Laurel and Shafer streets, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported.

    Police kept the crowds mostly under control, but violence flared. A police-car window was broken out, a street sign was pulled up and thrown in front of the police, and wooden pallets were set ablaze.

    Police launched smoke and what appeared to be pepper spray into the crowd, sending throngs of students fleeing down Laurel.

    Some set off fireworks and threw bottles, the Times-Dispatch reported, and a student said he saw members of the crowd break up bricks and throw pieces at police.

    Police had prepared for the crowd following last week's celebrations.