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Penn State Student Tasered, Arrested After McDonald’s Fight

A Penn State student was tasered and arrested on a variety of charges including aggravated assault and resisting arrest after a fight at McDonald’s early Saturday morning, according to police.

Officers arrived at McDonald’s around 2:30 a.m. and witnessed a crowd of about 50 to 75 people gathered around the entrance on Sowers Street, according to court documents. McDonald’s security told police that they threw out a large group of people after they were yelling and arguing with staff inside and that security had already used pepper spray.

Security identified 22-year-old Philadelphia native Ciarah Bishop as the “main problem,” according to court documents, and said that she refused to leave McDonald’s and repeatedly kicked the glass door, according to court documents.

Bishop was told she could freely leave the restaurant, which she did, only to return a short time later. She was asked to leave a second time and complied, followed again by her returning to the restaurant. This time, police said, Bishop refused to leave, and officers told her if she didn’t she would be arrested.

Bishop responded that she wanted her food. When police tried to block her from entering the restaurant, she told them she didn’t “give a fuck” and said to handcuff her, reiterating that she wanted her food.

After an officer told her to put her hands behind her back, Bishop responded by using both of her hands to grab onto a railing outside of the door, again stating that she wouldn’t leave. The officer tried to pull Bishop’s arms behind her back, at which time several people from the crowd tried to pull him away from Bishop.

Police said Bishop then swung at the officer with a closed fist and struck him in the head, so the officer sprayed her with pepper spray. Bishop swung at the officer two more times when another officer was able to catch her arm mid-swing, police said.

Bishop continued resisting by pulling her arms away from the officers and kicking. The officers deployed a Taser into her back to get control of her. The tasering stopped Bishop from resisting police for enough time to put her in handcuffs. State College and Penn State Police first starting carrying Tasers last week.

She was evaluated for exposure to the taser and pepper spray. After she was medically cleared by EMS, Bishop was taken to a holding cell at the police station. While in the cell, police said she dropped her pants and urinated on the floor while laughing, according to court documents.

Bishop was charged with one count each of aggravated assault, resisting arrest, institutional vandalism, disorderly conduct, and criminal trespassing. She was arraigned on Saturday and held on $10,000 bail.

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Mindy Szkaradnik

Mindy is a senior majoring in Print Journalism, Spanish, and Global and International Studies. She is the 12th member of her family to attend Penn State, she loves Bruce Springsteen, and her friends are always making fun of her for talking too much about study abroad. She can be reached on Twitter (@mszkarad) or via email ([email protected]).


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