February 11, 2013
Although it has been downplayed by local authorities and the local media, at least it is now being reported in the media. We wonder if we had not reported it if anyone would have heard about it at, except for the YouTube videos. Although there are different interpretations of 'riot' being tossed around, here is Wikipedia's:
A riot is a form of civil disorder characterized often by what is thought of as disorganized groups lashing out in a sudden and intense rash of violence against authority, property or people. While individuals may attempt to lead or control a riot, riots are thought to be typically chaotic and exhibit herd behavior, and usually generated by civil unrest. However, there is a growing body of evidence to suggest that riots are not irrational, herd-like behavior, but follow inverted social norms.
February 10, 2013
It's not in the newspaper. It hasn't been on TV. The Galveston Police Dept. has issued no press release about it. Except for the social media, it's another one of those Galveston secrets officials don't want the outside world to see. But here's what happened on the Galveston Strand Saturday night during Mardi Gras.
6 hours after The Police News posted this story and videos, the Galveston Police Department issued a press release at 2:27pm.
Galveston Police Encounter Resistance During Downtown Sweep
Crowd Control was Used to Successfully Clear the Area
(Galveston, TX) February 10, 2013 - At 1:00 a.m. Galveston Police began a sweep of the Strand event area after the Mardi Gras festivities had concluded. While clearing the area officers encountered a group of attendants that refused to leave. Officers observed objects being thrown from the crowd and party goers moved barricades into the street to block their advance. Officers utilized their crowd control training and were able to successfully clear the streets.
Galveston Police arrested seven people during the disturbance; six of them being for various misdemeanors. One person, Ashton Hooper (W/M 20 y.o.a.), is charged with Assault on a Peace Officer, Evading Arrest, and Criminal Mischief with bonds totaling $55,000. No serious injuries were reported and no downtown businesses were damaged.
The disturbance was not indicative of the overall law enforcement experience during Mardi Gras 2013. The Galveston Police Department will continue to analyze these situations and adapt our training to meet the challenges of being an agency charged with policing high attendance special events.
ANOTHER UPDATE: 16 hours after his arrest we managed to get a mugshot of Ashton Blake Hooper from GPD Lt. Michael Gray. They Sheriff's Office P2C mugshot postings after been seriously delinquent for months.
Here is the 20-year old kid jailed for Assalting a Police Officer, then running from them and a very other stupid things. Looks like he just escaped from his crip to a life of crime.
Hooper has one previous arrest for Possession of Marijuana in Sugar Land in 2209 for which he was probation and deferred adjudication.