Riots at PSU After Paterno Firing
Police used pepper spray on some Penn State fans who took to the streets of State College, Pa. last night after learning legendary coach Joe Paterno had been fired, following a scandal with former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.
Police in riot gear dispersed about 2,000 students. Crowds toppled a television news van and at least one photographer was pelted with a rock.
The students flooded downtown State College for about three hours, says an MSNBC report. Officers used pepper spray at times to control the crowd.
The students then headed downtown to Beaver Avenue, where about 100 police wearing helmets and carrying pepper spray were on standby. Witnesses said some rocks and bottles were thrown, a lamppost was toppled and a news van was knocked over, its windows kicked out.