COLLEGE PARK, Md. (WUSA) -- University of Maryland Police have charged six students who allegedly started fires and destroyed school property during disturbances in the wake of a basketball game against Duke March 4th.
Charges against the students include disorderly conduct, arson and rioting.
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The charges come as the University faces its first test of stricter policies against student misconduct that were adopted in 2006 after a series of similar disturbances.
University Police security camera video along with videos and photos posted by witnesses to YouTube and other Internet sites helped officials identify and charge the suspects.
The post game celebration drew large crowds to Route 1 in College Park.
Twenty-eight people were arrested as squads of riot police used shields, batons and pepper spray to clear streets.
Five Prince George's County police officers have been suspended after videos appeared on YouTube showing apparent misconduct, including the beating of student Jack McKenna whose attorney has announced plans to sue.
Results of the University Police investigation will be turned over to the Office of Student Conduct, which can recommend students for suspension or expulsion hearings before the Student Judiciary.
The charged students are:
John Celmer, 22 - charged with trespassing and damaging school property, disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace, failure to obey the lawful order of an officer and rioting.
John Winters, 19 - charged with malicious destruction of property.
Joseph Margot, 20 - charged with malicious destruction of property, disorderly conduct and rioting.
Omar Aly, 20 - charged with malicious destruction of property
Alex MacKay Spina, 19 - charged with second-degree malicious burning, disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace, malicious destruction of property, trespassing, damaging school property, failure to obey the lawful order and rioting.
Joseph McQuillen, 22 - charged with trespassing and damaging school property, malicious destruction of property, failure to obey a lawful order, arson in a trash container and rioting.
McQuillen denys the charges, according to a report in the Daimondback, the University's student newspaper.
Written by Scott Broom
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