Saskatoon

Bottles, cans thrown at police in Saskatoon after raucous house party near university spills onto streets

A man is due in court this week, charged with assaulting a police officer, after a house party that spilled onto the streets and disrupted neighbours who live a few blocks from the University of Saskatchewan on Saturday night.

1 man arrested, Saskatoon police say most of the job was waiting for crowd to disperse

Even though a lot of police officers were called to herd people away from a raucous house party a few blocks from the University of Saskatchewan, there wasn't much to throw into the police report once things broke up, city police say. (Gian-Paolo Mendoza/CBC)

A man is due in court this week, charged with assaulting a police officer, after a Saskatoon house party that spilled onto the streets and disrupted neighbours on Saturday night.

The 19-year-old man who was arrested was among the 300 or so attendees at what police are calling a "noisy party" on the 300 block of Cumberland Avenue S., a few blocks away from the University of Saskatchewan.

Police said some of the people there threw beer bottles and cans at police officers and yelled profanities at the officers once they were called to the party around 11:15 p.m. CST.

Images of the party shared on social media show a room in the house that was packed shoulder to shoulder, and people standing outside on the grass. They ended up spreading out onto other people's lawns as more people arrived, said Saskatoon Police Staff Sgt. Darren Pringle.

The attendees were a mix of high school students and university-aged adults, he said.

Raucous parties are not out of the norm for this time of year, with school now back in session for both age categories, and they typically break up pretty quickly once police show up and people realize the party is over, Pringle said.

The aggressive behaviour towards officers wasn't widespread, he said.

With the sheer number of people there, the priority for officers is herding them away from the area so that they stop disrupting the neighbourhood and just waiting for them to disperse on foot, he said.

"It's a large response, small police report," Pringle said.