Champaign Police Investigate Protest, Urge Patience


CHAMPAIGN - The investigation into a protest that took place at Centennial High School is continuing.  A preliminary investigation has determined the student protest started in the school building before spilling into the street in front of the school on December 4. As the protesters headed south, a vehicle in the northbound lane came to a stop. Police say the driver then began to maneuver the vehicle through the protesters. As the vehicle moved approximately three car lengths, at least one of the students struck the vehicle's window with his hand and caused damage to the glass.

Champaign Police have identified an 18 year old man as the person responsible for damaging the vehicle. A 48 year old woman was the driver of the vehicle. No one has been charged. 

The Police Department is requesting that the public remain patient while an incident is conducted. The Department's investigators and officers have interviewed several students, faculty, the driver and bystanders, and have obtained and reviewed several videos in an effort to reconstruct what took place, as officers were not initially present at the onset of the event. It is anticipated that the investigation will be concluded in the near future. This investigation will be forwarded to the Champaign County State's Attorney's Office for review.
The Department continues to ask for the community's help. Anyone with information, videos, and evidence that would aid in the investigative effort is asked to contact the Police Department at 217-351-4545. Callers can remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 373-8477 (TIPS).
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