Zero arrests at Philly's NFL draft, police say

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Philadelphia Police said Monday that the festival-style NFL draft extravaganza passed peacefully; authorities did not even hand out any event-related citations, according to a spokesman.

Three days, 253 draft picks, hundreds of thousands of people booing NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.

And as Philadelphia recovers from hosting an estimated 250,000 fans at the weekend’s NFL draft, one other number stands out: zero arrests.

Philadelphia police said Monday that the festival-style extravaganza passed peacefully; authorities did not even hand out any draft-related citations, according to a spokesman.

While police have drawn praise for their handling of large-scale events in recent years, most of those affairs have still required some degree of law enforcement action.

During the 2016 Democratic National Convention, for example, police issued citations to 106 protesters. And during Pope Francis’ visit in 2015, officers made three event-related arrests.

Outside last year's NFL draft in Chicago, 17 people were arrested for protesting various issues and blocking traffic.

Perhaps visitors to Philadelphia’s draft were simply more interested in finding noncriminal ways to boo, jeer, or deface anything involving the Dallas Cowboys.