State College police seeking photos of mob violence

Police said they have identified several people they are investigating for crimes such as rioting, attempted arson, and disorderly conduct during a demonstration protesting the firing of Penn State coach Joe Paterno.

State College police announced Thursday that they are reviewing video footage in an attempt to identify suspects in other
criminal acts, and are seeking help from people who can provide photos and videos of incident.

No arrests have been announced.

Police said a crowd of 4,000 to 5,000 people descended on
downtown State College after the Penn State board of trustees announced Paterno would not coach another game.

The crowd was at first a peaceful
demonstration, but quickly turned
“to a riotous mob,” police said.

The mob damaged vehicles and overturned a television news van, attempted to light vehicles on fire, and tore down light posts and
street signs before officers used pepper spray to break up the crowd, according to police.

Some in the crowd threw rocks, bottles and hard objects at people and police officers, causing injuries to several people, police said.

Police said they planned to post photos of some suspects on their website so that they can be identified.

Centre County Crimestoppers is offering rewards of up to $1,000 for information.

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