Penn State Police Deployed Helicopter To Break Up Rowdy Tailgate (VIDEO)

October 1, 2018 at 12:13 pm by Terez in NCAA, Penn State

Hours before the game against the Ohio State Buckeyes, Penn State Police deployed a helicopter to fly extremely low over a rowdy tailgate party and it caused tents, grills, and debris to fly everywhere as many ducked for cover. Statement from Penn Police: “We understand concerns have been raised regarding police activity during tailgate celebrations in one lot, in advance of the Penn State vs. Ohio State game on Saturday (Sept. 29). University Police wishes to reassure fans that officers were responding to the circumstances on the ground, which involved numerous law violations, including serious threats to officer safety within a disorderly crowd. Unruly individuals refused to disperse following verbal commands and at least one officer suffered injuries. It is rare to resort to these expanded interventions; however, when all other warnings from the mounted police unit and officers on the ground were ignored, a Pennsylvania State Police helicopter was deployed as another tool to compel the group to disperse and curb dangerous and unruly behavior. Following the use of the helicopter, the dangerous behaviors dissipated.” – TO