Police charge 23 people in riots that erupted after Paterno’s firing

    Police in State College have charged 23 people in the riots that occurred after Penn State’s legendary football coach Joe Paterno was fired. Twenty of them are PSU students.

    The Centre Daily Times reports charges are still spending against 16 other people.
    Thousands of students piled into the streets last month when word came that Paterno would be fired. In the ruckus, a TV news van was tipped over. Paterno and university President Graham Spanier were let go by the board of trustees for what was determined to be an inadequate response to sexual abuse allegations against former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

    Charges filed include disorderly conduct, failure to disperse, public drunkeness, theft and criminal mischief.


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