Black college student hounded by campus police for not showing his ID

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Black college student hounded by campus police for not showing his ID

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Alexander McNab was surrounded by college safety officers who demanded to see his ID on Thursday. (Photo: Twitter/Andrew Wang)

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Video of a Columbia University student‘s altercation with safety officers at Barnard College went viral over the weekend, leading to student protests the following day.” data-reactid=”51″>Video of a Columbia University student‘s altercation with safety officers at Barnard College went viral over the weekend, leading to student protests the following day.

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<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Alexander McNab went to the&nbsp;Barnard College library, which is also open to Columbia students, Thursday night because he saw that there was free food. But before he could get a bite to eat, he was surrounded by Barnard public safety&nbsp;officers demanding to see his student ID.&nbsp;” data-reactid=”53″>Alexander McNab went to the Barnard College library, which is also open to Columbia students, Thursday night because he saw that there was free food. But before he could get a bite to eat, he was surrounded by Barnard public safety officers demanding to see his student ID. 

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<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Barnard student Caroline Cutlip started filming on her phone when the officers pushed&nbsp;McNab against the counter of the library coffee shop and forced him onto his back, as the Washington Post reports. Cutlip told the&nbsp;Post that the officers’ actions reminded her of “police brutality things” she’d seen online in the past, so she wanted to record what was happening.” data-reactid=”54″>Barnard student Caroline Cutlip started filming on her phone when the officers pushed McNab against the counter of the library coffee shop and forced him onto his back, as the Washington Post reports. Cutlip told the Post that the officers’ actions reminded her of “police brutality things” she’d seen online in the past, so she wanted to record what was happening.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="In the videos,&nbsp;McNab can be heard saying,&nbsp;“Take your hands off me!” When he pulls out his ID, he tells the officers this isn’t the first time he’s been stopped on campus.&nbsp;” data-reactid=”55″>In the videos, McNab can be heard saying, “Take your hands off me!” When he pulls out his ID, he tells the officers this isn’t the first time he’s been stopped on campus. 

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="“You want to see my ID? I am a Columbia University student. That’s me. This is the third time Barnard Public Safety has chased me down.”” data-reactid=”56″>“You want to see my ID? I am a Columbia University student. That’s me. This is the third time Barnard Public Safety has chased me down.”

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="After one&nbsp;officer takes McNab’s ID, he tells McNab to follow him outside.&nbsp;McNab doesn’t follow, instead waiting near the Barnard students. He told the&nbsp;Post that he didn’t want to go outside, away from witnesses.” data-reactid=”59″>After one officer takes McNab’s ID, he tells McNab to follow him outside. McNab doesn’t follow, instead waiting near the Barnard students. He told the Post that he didn’t want to go outside, away from witnesses.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="In a second video&nbsp;Cutlip took, the officers argue with McNab and other students present about whether or not&nbsp;McNab ran into the building without showing ID. McNab says he didn’t know he needed to show ID but maintains that he walked into the building, which is backed up by other students. An officer specifically tells another black student that she needs to “relax.”” data-reactid=”60″>In a second video Cutlip took, the officers argue with McNab and other students present about whether or not McNab ran into the building without showing ID. McNab says he didn’t know he needed to show ID but maintains that he walked into the building, which is backed up by other students. An officer specifically tells another black student that she needs to “relax.”

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Barnard College said in a statement provided to Yahoo Lifestyle that the school’s policy&nbsp;states that “anyone entering our gates after&nbsp;11 p.m. is required to show student identification,” but added that “going forward, we will work on ensuring that our policy is enforced consistently and communicated effectively in keeping with our values.”” data-reactid=”61″>Barnard College said in a statement provided to Yahoo Lifestyle that the school’s policy states that “anyone entering our gates after 11 p.m. is required to show student identification,” but added that “going forward, we will work on ensuring that our policy is enforced consistently and communicated effectively in keeping with our values.”

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Some Columbia students claimed on Twitter that the ID policy is “loosely enforced,” arguing that&nbsp;McNab was correct in thinking he was being racially profiled.&nbsp;” data-reactid=”62″>Some Columbia students claimed on Twitter that the ID policy is “loosely enforced,” arguing that McNab was correct in thinking he was being racially profiled

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="One of the students who witnessed the incident filed a&nbsp;complaint with Barnard’s Title IX officer, according to the&nbsp;Post.&nbsp;” data-reactid=”67″>One of the students who witnessed the incident filed a complaint with Barnard’s Title IX officer, according to the Post

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="“The confrontation puts into stark relief what some members of the Barnard College community, particularly people of color, have been saying about their relationship with the Office of Public Safety and the lack of trust they have in it to keep them safe,”&nbsp;Barnard College president Sian Leah Beilock said in a Sunday letter to the&nbsp;Barnard community. “We must ensure that public safety officers act equitably toward all and that the community trusts this will occur. That work is now underway, effective immediately.”” data-reactid=”68″>“The confrontation puts into stark relief what some members of the Barnard College community, particularly people of color, have been saying about their relationship with the Office of Public Safety and the lack of trust they have in it to keep them safe,” Barnard College president Sian Leah Beilock said in a Sunday letter to the Barnard community. “We must ensure that public safety officers act equitably toward all and that the community trusts this will occur. That work is now underway, effective immediately.”

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="A listening session was held on Friday for&nbsp;public safety officials and the Barnard administration to hear from those on campus.&nbsp;Beilock’s letter added that&nbsp;all of the public safety officers involved were placed on administrative leave pending an investigation that will be carried out by&nbsp;an independent firm. The school also plans to review the training program for&nbsp;all public safety officers and supervisors.” data-reactid=”71″>A listening session was held on Friday for public safety officials and the Barnard administration to hear from those on campus. Beilock’s letter added that all of the public safety officers involved were placed on administrative leave pending an investigation that will be carried out by an independent firm. The school also plans to review the training program for all public safety officers and supervisors.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Columbia’s independent news blog reported that students protested in the rain Friday night, chanting,&nbsp;“No justice, no peace, f*** these racist police!”” data-reactid=”74″>Columbia’s independent news blog reported that students protested in the rain Friday night, chanting, “No justice, no peace, f*** these racist police!”

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