Kingston Police say an officer was hospitalized after projectiles were thrown at police during Queen’s University’s unofficial homecoming weekend.
Community programs officer Greg Anderson says Kingston General Hospital treated the officer, but could not share what kind of injuries he had sustained.
Anderson linked the officer’s injuries to large crowds that are swarming the city’s university district and turning “volatile.”
@Kingstonpolice are estimating the crowd on Aberdeen Street has swelled to approximately 8000 people. Police on the ground along with assistance from City Works are attempting to keep the crowds contained. pic.twitter.com/bgXSvSns3T
— Kingston Police (@KingstonPolice) October 16, 2021
Police declared the gathering an “aggravated nuisance party” using a bylaw that allowed them to fine attendees up to $2,000 each and a court summons for a $10,000 fine for organizers. They were able to lift that declaration by the early evening when groups dispersed.
Police haven’t said whether anyone else was injured, or if there were any arrests or charges as a result of the gathering.
Queen’s University opted against holding its typical in-person homecoming event this weekend for a second year in a row due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but unofficial festivities went ahead anyways.
The university tweeted a brief statement, condemning the misogynistic signs that were visible outside some residences in the University District as well as the attack on police.
“These actions will be actively pursued under our Student Code of Conduct.”
#queensu condemns the misogynistic signs in the University District and reports of some individuals throwing projectiles at police which led to an officer being injured. These actions will be actively pursued under our Student Code of Conduct.
— Queen’s University (@queensu) October 16, 2021