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Miami University party video causes controversy

(Source: Jordan Vilines, FOX19 NOW) (Source: Jordan Vilines, FOX19 NOW)
OXFORD, OH (FOX19) -

Did police allow a block party on Miami's University to get out of hand? That's what many people are wondering after a video of the Annual Beta Block Party went viral.

Beer bottles, broken glass and half empty handles of liquor litter streets and yards on Willow Lane serving as the aftermath of the Annual Beta Block Party on Miami University's campus.

"When we got there, the whole street was packed and all of the yards were packed, there were people on roofs," said Emily Parsons who attended the party and lives right down the road from where it took place.

In a short video filmed by Fresh Force Media, you can see some of the craziness that was captured during Sunday’s party.

"We looked through our window and just saw packs of people coming that way," Sarah Byop said. Byop attended the party.

Halfway through the video, an Oxford Police officer arrives, giving viewers the impression that the party is about to come to an end. Think again. Instead, the video shows an officer pretending to arrest a party goer but instead, the officer claps him on the back.

"There was a noise complaint or something so it was one cop that showed up. He can’t arrest everyone there," Parsons said. “Everyone started cheering and he waved like, you know, be safe and then went on his way. I think that's what happens usually."

A seemingly short time later, the officer went on his way as the party blared on.

The officer said Tuesday that he didn't see anything wrong with the content of the video or how the responding officer handled it.

"I was a little surprised that the cop walked away too but it was only him, there's only so much he can do and if he started arresting people, I feel like it could've gotten way more out of hand," Parsons expressed.

But now, the question is --- was this block party already out of hand? We'll let you be the judge of that.

Oxford Police say they did issue a single litter citation at the block party. 

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