A video has been making the rounds on social media showing the arrest of 21-year-old Genesis Hansen, a black student at Oregon State University.
Hansen was stopped by Oregon State Police trooper Kelly Katsikis on October 13 for cycling down the wrong side of the road. Hansen refused to provide identification to the police officer. Corvallis Police Officer Donald Sheldon is also in the video.
The 38-minute bodycam footage has been released to the public and it has sparked intense debate.
Hansen is repeatedly asked for her identification for several minutes and she refuses.
“I need you to either give me your identification now or you are going to be under arrest. Do you understand that?” Katsikis says after getting frustrated with the non-cooperation from the student.
“I don’t answer questions,” Hansen replies.
The officers then try placing Hansen’s hands behind her back and she falls. This leads to the officers holding her down and placing her in cuffs. Some have argued this is excessive force considering Hansen committed no serious crime, while others argue the officers are following procedure.
“She’s a young woman, you do not need to be on top of her. She is not resisting. You are so much bigger than her. This type of force is not necessary,” one of several witnesses can be heard saying in the video.
The officers eventually lead the young woman to a police cruiser. She was arrested for interfering with an investigation and resisting arrest.
Check out the video below:
Oregon State University released a statement reacting to the arrest and expressing concern.
“We remain concerned about what was portrayed occurring in the video. And we have asked that law enforcement policies and practices by Oregon State Police — and other local law enforcement agencies — be examined for evidence of implicit and explicit bias,” the university said.
The NAACP has also thrown its hat into the mix.
“As the nation’s oldest civil rights organization, we view this civil rights violation by state and local law enforcement as another example of racial inequity and excessive use of force imposed on communities of color by law enforcement,” the NAACP Alaska Oregon Washington State-Area Conference said in a statement.
The group demanded charges against Hansen be dropped and the officers formally apologize for their actions.
“As an agency that is committed to eliminating racial profiling and implicit bias in policing, these allegations are being meticulously reviewed and we are compiling as much information as possible,” the Oregon State Police said in a statement to KLCC. “The agency understands the importance of vigorously investigating these allegations and is taking a serious look at the incident.”
The Benton County district attorney dropped charges against Hansen after the backlash. Equally disturbing, the Oregon State Police Department announced its ending its three-decade relationship with the university after the video was released. The police department claims the controversial arrest did not play a part in its decision.
Oregon State Police has announced it is ending its 3-decade policing relationship with Oregon State University. The university's president had earlier said that state police needed to be investigated for explicit & implicit bias.https://t.co/f87PHP9vAz
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) October 24, 2019
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