Police Projectile Kills Celebrating Red Sox Fan

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A college student celebrating the Boston Red Sox playoff victory over the New York Yankees was killed after a police officer called in to control the rowdy crowd shot her in the eye with what was designed to be a non-lethal projectile, the Associated Press reports. The episode occurred in Boston’s Kenmore Square neighborhood early Thursday, after thousands of fans spilled onto streets near Fenway Park to celebrate the Red Sox winning the American League pennant at Yankee Stadium.

Victoria Snelgrove, 21, a journalism major at Emerson College, was hit by a projectile fired by an officer on crowd-control duty. Police Commissioner Kathleen O’Toole said officers were using projectiles “designed to break upon impact, dousing the target with (pepper-like) spray.” “While I firmly and emphatically accept responsibilities for any errors,” O’Toole said, “I also condemn in the harshest words possible the actions of the punks (Wednesday) night who turned our city’s victory into an opportunity for violence and mindless destruction.”

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