Champaign Police Continue Investigation Following Student Protest

Public is encouraged to share information that might aid in investigation

The Champaign Police Department is currently investigating an incident that occurred at Centennial High School Thursday afternoon while students were participating in a “hands up, don’t shoot” protest.

At approximately 2:52 p.m., Officers responded to 913 Crescent Drive after being notified of an incident involving students in front of Centennial High School. Once on scene, officers observed between 100-150 students standing in both lanes of Crescent Drive in front of the High School.

A preliminary investigation determined that a student protest had spilled into the street in front of the school. As the protest continued in the street, a vehicle travelled through the student protesters. As the vehicle moved through the crowd, at least one of the students  struck the vehicle’s window and caused damage to the glass.

While investigating the incident, Champaign Police identified an 18 year-old student who was responsible for damaging the vehicle. The student was initially taken into custody for Criminal Damage to Property and Mob Action. However, after receiving additional information, the Champaign Police Department released the student, pending further investigation.

Detectives will continue reviewing all witness statements and videos surrounding this incident, in consultation with the Champaign County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Champaign Police Department by calling (217) 351-4545 or callers can remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 373-8477 (TIPS.) Information can also be sent by anonymous web tip by going to: or by texting keyword “CCTIP” plus the information to 274637 (CRIMES).

The Champaign Police Department is committed to ensuring that citizens can exercise their first amendment rights in a safe and peaceful manner. Citizens who want to organize a protest are encouraged to contact the Champaign Police Department in advance of their event. Through the City’s Special Event Permit process, provisions can be made to allow citizens to safely use the public right of way. More information regarding Parades and Assemblies can found at, Section 24-16, of the City of Champaign Municipal Code.