State College Police: Penn State Riot Most Costly, Destructive in 15 Years
The Nov. 9 riot at Penn State after legendary head coach Joe Paterno was fired was the most costly in the university’s history, PennLive.com reports.
The property damage total comes in at an estimated $190,000 with a bulk of the sum going towards the cost of a Pennsylvania area satellite news van, which was flipped over in the riot. The previous most costly riot was in 1998 after an arts festival with over $150,000 in damage.
To date, 38 people have been charged with “participating in destructive behavior” with seven additional arrests pending. The majority of those charged were identified by tips after still photos of the suspects were posted on the State College Police website. Since the 1990’s there have been three large riots in the Penn State area (1998, 2001, and 2008). The latest riot had almost double the arrests made in the prior three riots since the 90s. Additionally, State College police have logged over 725 hours of overtime for Sandusky scandal related purposes, including the riots. Approximately $47,125 in tax payer dollars will go towards covering the costs.