Police prepare for crowds ahead of annual ‘House Crawl’

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — Last year, Kalamazoo Public Safety officers fired tear gas into crowds partying near Western Michigan University after police say the crowds became unruly during the annual off-campus “House Crawl.”

Kalamazoo police are trying to prevent a repeat of that happening this weekend.

KDPS and WMU police used tear gas to get crowds to break up (April 12, 2014).
KDPS and WMU police used tear gas to get crowds to break up (April 12, 2014).

“I think it’s going to be whatever happens, happens,” said Cody Schmidt, a WMU student.

Schmidt lives on Lafayette Avenue where the crawl typically takes place. He was there last year.

“I’ve seen kids get hit by cars, there was an ice truck that almost got flipped over,” said Schmidt.

Police are doing their best to prevent the same thing from happening this year.

Over the past two weeks, they have passed out flyers to the homes on and near Lafayette Avenue. Reminding people to be safe and obey city ordinances.

Kalamazoo police are also adding seven officers and one command officer for Saturday. The Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office will have their mounted patrol out and state police will be on stand-by.

Students tell 24 Hour News 8 there has been no talk of planning for this year’s “House Crawl” party.

“It’s like a heat of the moment type thing. And I’m sure that is how it’s going to be because I don’t even think they have it organized like they did last year,” a student told 24 Hour News 8.

Whether or not it happens Saturday, KDPS tells 24 Hour News 8  they will be ready.

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