BALTIMORE (WJZ)—Baltimore City police had their hands full managing the huge crowds of celebrating Ravens fans who took to the streets after Sunday night’s victory.
Derek Valcourt has more on the situations police were forced to deal with.
It was quite a party but at times the purple party did get out of hand.
In Fells Point, thousands of people danced in the streets.
Sky Eye Chopper 13 was over the scene as crowds filled the streets of Federal Hill.
It wasn’t long before drunken Ravens fans took their celebrations too far, jumping on the hoods of cars, smashing windshields and even trying to topple a car.
Police rushed in to literally push the crowds back.
In fact, police had all hands on deck to deal with the crowds.
“We’ve trained for it. We’ve prepared for it. We had contingencies in place and even reserve officers in place should things have gotten out of control,” a Baltimore City police officer said.
At a 7-Eleven at Lombard and Broadway in Fells Point, looters took advantage of the celebrations, rushed in, grabbed what they could and ran.
Managers say about 100 people took part in looting the store. The entire event lasted about 3 minutes.
Police mounted units rushed to the scene and quickly helped to disperse the looters.
But it was the sheer volume of the crowds that caused police the biggest problems.
CitiWatch crime cameras, officers on the ground and police helicopters watched as traffic on many downtown roads grounded to a halt.
“Having that real time picture of what traffic looked like downtown we were able to shut off 83 southbound just because we didn’t want to add to the congestion to the volume,” an officer said.
Police formed lines to push out the crowds and eventually opened up some of the clogged streets.
The celebrations in the streets continued until 4 or 5 a.m.
Police say there were no major injuries reported.
State police report 26 people were arrested Sunday night for driving under the influence.