Virginia Beach Police Chief addresses violence at College Beach Weekend

Posted at 10:58 AM, May 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-16 18:11:35-04

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - Chief Jim Cervera addressed violence that happened College Beach Weekend before city council on Tuesday afternoon.

The title of the presentation was the College Beach Weekend After-Action Report.

Four people were shot in a chaotic scene on Saturday night during the weekend. When describing the chaotic scene, the Chief said, "the world changed."

Chief Cervera said there were more arrests this year compared to previous years. He said the weather was better this year, which led to more people attending than in other years. He described how the department had to pay overtime to officers and bring in more officers from other parts of the city.

Thousands of people signed a petition calling for an end to the annual weekend after violence broke out at the Oceanfront this year. “This is an event meant to help collect money for our locals but in truth it puts lives and property in danger,” the petition says. “There have been multiple instances through the years showing the danger of this event.”