Champaign police investigate damage caused during protest

CHAMPAIGN -  The Champaign Police Department is seeking the public's assistance in their investigation of an incident that occurred during a "hands up, don't shoot" protest at Centennial High School on December 4.

Police say at about 2:52 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 900 block of Crescent Drive for a report of an incident involving students in front of Centennial High School.  Upon arriving, officers say they saw between 100 and 150 students standing in both lanes of the street in from of the high school.

In a preliminary investigation, officers say that the protest had spilled onto the street in front of the school, and when a vehicle tried to move through the crowd of protestors, at least one of the students struck the vehicle's window, damaging the glass.

Champaign police say they identified an 18-year-old student that they believe was responsible for the damage, and took him into custody for criminal damage to property and mob action.  However, after receiving more information on the incident, the Champaign Police Department released the student, pending further investigation.

The Champaign County State's Attorney's Office and Champaign Police Department continue to investigate this incident.  If you have information on this incident, you are asked to contact the Champaign Police Department at (217) 351-4545 or Crime Stoppers at (217) 373-8477.
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