Deputies hit by bottles at massive block party in Florida

DELAND, Fla. (AP) — Deputies in Florida say they were hit with cups of alcohol, bottles and bar stools after they made arrests at a weekend block party involving thousands of party-goers.

A block party in Deland, Florida, turns violent Saturday night resulting in multiple arrests and several injured officers. (Source: WESH, Volusia County Sheriff's Office, City of Deland, CNN)

The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office reported Monday that the outdoor party spanning several locations in DeLand had 3,000 people.

Two men were arrested for possession of a weapon by a convicted felon.

During the arrests, two deputies were hit with a cup of alcohol.

Some party-goers said they were targeted because the crowd was largely African American, but Sheriff Mike Chitwood said in a news release that the actions by deputies were aimed at keeping the public safe.

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Starting Saturday afternoon and into early Sunday, an estimated 3,000...

Posted by Volusia Sheriff's Office on Sunday, May 17, 2020