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Posted at 1:40 PM ET, 05/13/2010

U-Md. students charged with rioting

By Washington Post editors

University of Maryland Police have charged six students with disorderly conduct, arson and rioting in connection with fires that were started after the March basketball game against Duke University, WUSA 9 reports.

Police identified the students after reviewing campus security cameras and videos and photos posted on YouTube.

Hundreds of students and other revelers swarmed Route 1 after the Terrapins beat their conference rival at Comcast Center in March. Police arrested 28 people after fires were started and property was damaged.

The FBI launched an investigation into the incident after video surfaced showing three Prince George's County police officers in riot gear using batons to beat an unarmed U-Md. student.

The Diamondback, U-Md.'s student newspaper, has a list of students charged.

By Washington Post editors  | May 13, 2010; 1:40 PM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Maryland  | Tags:  University of Maryland College Park, duke university, fires, rioting, route 1  
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If i was there, and saw those police beating people, i would of rioted too.

Posted by: MarilynManson | May 13, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Police departments don't file charges, local prosecutors offices do.

Posted by: MACCHAMPS04 | May 13, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

I hope the students didn't think that PG County was going to let them get off, especially after that video tape of them beating the brains out of that student.

Posted by: PublicEnemy1 | May 13, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

"If i was there, and saw those police beating people, i would of rioted too"

What BS, not excusing the actions of the 3 cops shown beating the kid, but the rioting started before that.

I don't understand this culture of going nuts and destructive over a game. Happpened after a hockey game in Canada last night.

Posted by: BEEPEE | May 13, 2010 5:37 PM | Report abuse

Police departments don't file charges, local prosecutors offices do.

Posted by: MACCHAMPS04

Wrong. Police officers charge people everyday of the week.

Posted by: MKadyman | May 13, 2010 7:02 PM | Report abuse

the rioters should get life sentences

Posted by: yoooooooo | May 13, 2010 7:09 PM | Report abuse

Those aged 18-20 are also adults. Since there was arson involved in the winter riot at the University of Maryland, it's good that 6 people of that university got arrested and because there was property damage.

Posted by: LibertyForAll | May 13, 2010 11:33 PM | Report abuse

That is insane that the students have been charged before those sleazy, corrupt PG county cops.

Posted by: dmcquade | May 14, 2010 12:28 AM | Report abuse

There were some idiots out there doing stupid things, no doubt. And they should be charged. But to describe what happened out there as a 'violent public disorder' is ridiculous. Watch some of the videos yourself. These kids were happy and they were celebrating. Yes, they flooded into Route 1, some fools pulled a street sign out of the ground and paraded around with it, and yes, some people did throw things at the police. But I am sure that they were only throwing things at them because of what they saw them doing (beating people). These riot police just made an out of control situation even worse. The vast majority of these students were just cheering and having a good time. It was when the gestapo showed up out of nowhere with their masks, horses, shields and batons that things got REALLY crazy. Why didn't any of those cops have a megaphone? Why weren't they already out there anticipating the crowd? Couldn't they have tried to control what was going on in a somewhat civil manner before storming in with weapons? Now they just have to justify it all, by charging a bunch of people. It'll be interesting to see how many of these charges ultimately get dropped. Stay tuned.

Posted by: secretchimp | May 14, 2010 2:01 AM | Report abuse

The REAL question i >> where are the charges against the PG cops who savagely beat the UM student???

Undubtedly.. cops are "still investigating" >> meaning stalling for time hoping "it" will go away.....

cop real quick to charge"civilians".. but real slow to clean up their own act..

Posted by: kglkgl06 | May 14, 2010 8:01 AM | Report abuse

Eventually somebody is going to get killed in one of these post-Duke riots. Then you can all blame the police for not preventing it.

And cheer on the Terps in the Atlantic 10.

Posted by: corco02az | May 14, 2010 8:17 AM | Report abuse

I live in the College Park area and I am tired of the spoiled college kids thinking they can do anything they want to after basketball games. They are sometimes drunk, disorderly and loud. The Wednesday night games do not end until well after 11:00p when most working people are in bed. If you don't like the actions of the police why don't you join the force and see what's its like to have these kids attack you.

Posted by: gingergirl1 | May 14, 2010 9:48 AM | Report abuse

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