Yelawolf, Pitbull Concert Criticized For Violence Following Rutgers Music Festival
Police in New Brunswick, New Jersey are blaming Rutgers University for the violence following the school’s Rutgersfest concert that featured performances by Pitbull, Yelawolf, and 3OH!3.
Rutgersfest, an annual day-long free concert event, was held Friday in New Brunswick, and the aftermath that ensued is being called by the city’s Police Director Pete Mangarella “the worst thing of the year for the city of New Brunswick.”
Following the concert two people were shoot, five more injured and eleven arrests were made for disorderly conduct.
Mangarella continued to recap the night saying the incidents “were the worst we have seen” in the 30-year-history of the event.
“We were trying to get the university to curtail this last year,” Mangarella said. “The city’s concerns over this event are falling on deaf ears.”
The event drew an estimated 40,000 – 50,000 people, and ended at 8 p.m.
The ensuing violence took place throughout the night, in the area surrounding the Rutgers campus. None of the injures were life threatening, nor did any incidents involve Rutgers University student.
Although the performances by Pitbull, Yelawolf and other acts where not a direct cause of the violence, Mangarella added to his complaints by saying, “It boggles the mind that a university in this day and age would sponsor an event promoting drinking to this level by underage people.”
It’s a good thing the concert didn’t booked Waka Flocka as a performer, or things could have been a lot worse.