Jonesboro police arrested eight Arkansas State University students after a melee at an impromptu Barack Obama victory celebration near the campus.
Three police officers suffered minor injuries.
Police Capt. Lynn Waterworth said an officer had her nose broken when a man jumped on top of her and punched her.
The celebration saw about 200 people gather at an apartment complex about a block away from campus at 10:45 p.m. Tuesday. An off-duty officer moonlighting as a security guard for the apartment complex asked those who had gathered to go home, then called for additional help.
Two on-duty officers arrived at the apartment complex.
The crowd responded by throwing rocks and beer bottles at police, with one man attacking a cop.A distress call summoned more than 40 police officers from surrounding departments and the Arkansas State Police. One officer suffered a cut to the forehead trying to pull the man off of the officer and another fell to the ground during the scuffle.