Days After Police Shooting, 3 Arrested Amid Violence At Georgia Tech Vigil
Authorities say three people have been arrested after an eruption of violence on Georgia Tech’s campus Monday night. The clash, which broke out during a vigil for a 21-year-old student shot and killed Saturday by police, left officers with minor injuries and one police vehicle damaged by fire.
The vigil for Scout Schultz was attended by nearly 500 people, including Schultz’s family, according to Georgia Tech President G.P. “Bud” Peterson. “Unfortunately,” he added, “they were also joined by several dozen others intent on creating a disturbance and inciting violence. We believe many of them were not part of our Georgia Tech community, but rather outside agitators intent on disrupting the event.”
The three people arrested — identified by the school as Vincent Castillenti, Jacob Wilson and Cassandra Monden — were charged with inciting a riot and battery of an officer. It was not immediately clear whether they were Georgia Tech students.
The gathering began peacefully Monday night, but just over an hour after its scheduled start, the university sent an alert to its students to take shelter. After the original vigil had ended, a “different group” chanting anti-police slogans began to march through the Atlanta campus, according to Georgia Public Broadcasting’s Stephen Fowler.
The masked marchers, who the school says numbered around 50, set off fireworks on their way to the police headquarters on campus.