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Barnard Public Safety Restrains Student In Milstein Center

Content warning: this post includes descriptions of physical violence against a black student.

On Thursday night, Barnard Public Safety detained a black male student inside the Milstein Center. According to a Facebook post by Barnard sophomore Alexis Rabkin, Public Safety officers “pinned down” this student, “took away” his student ID, and “tried to force him to leave the building.” While the identity of the student is unknown at this time, Rabkin’s post says that the student wished for the incident to be shared and “spread around on social media.”

According to eyewitness and Barnard sophomore Cara Hudson-Erdman (a former Bwog staffer who took no part in writing this post), there was a commotion in the Milstein Center sometime between 11:30 and 11:45 PM. A man was heard saying,  “Why are you putting your hands on me?” drawing a small crowd of students. A group of four to seven Barnard Public Safety Officers were seen crowding the student in front of the counter at Peet’s, giving him no room to move. The officers asked him “forcefully” for his ID, and were heard saying that they would figure out if he was an active student. An officer then took the student’s ID and refused to give it back even after the student requested it.

Instead, the officers told the student they would escort him from the building, to which the student responded that he had just shown his ID and didn’t see why he would need to leave. According to Hudson-Erdman, Public Safety “couldn’t provide any reason why the student had to leave Milstein / be escorted out by a group of officers.” Nearby students reportedly also asked Public Safety why they had pinned the student down, to which an officer responded that he “had only put his hand on the student’s back (and tried to demonstrate). Public safety was being very brusque and condescending with other Barnard students who were asking why this was happening.”

Additionally, Bwog has received and reviewed a video taken shortly after the incident in question. In it, a visibly distressed black student is seen addressing a group of at least five Public Safety Officers on the first floor of the Milstein Center, saying “You saw my ID. What else do you need to see?” and “I’m a student here. This is ridiculous. You put your hands on me. I didn’t touch anybody.” He then apologizes to the crowd before the Public Safety officers exit the scene.

Though it is Barnard policy to ID those entering the Barnard gates after 11 PM, it’s not common knowledge at Columbia, and Hudson-Erdman reported that the student told Public Safety that he was unaware of the policy. Other students in similar situations have not faced the same sort of violence, raising questions of whether racial profiling played a role in the incident. Rabkin’s Facebook post makes a call for other students to reach out to the Barnard administration and ask them to “reconsider what public safety’s role is” on campus. “Public safety is supposed to protect its students,” Rabkin’s post says, “not police, profile, and scare them.”

When contacted by Bwog, Barnard confirmed that a student entered the main gates after 11 PM and failed to produce an ID when asked. The statement goes on to say that “repeated requests were made for identification and the student eventually complied,” after which he was allowed to remain on campus. The statement made no reference to the violence experienced by the student, the Public Safety’s attempts to remove him from campus, or the behavior of Public Safety toward other students on the scene. Similarly, it did not address student questions of racial profiling.

In a statement to the student body several hours later, President Beilock wrote that she has spoken to the Vice President of Public Safety and that “We deeply regret that this incident occurred, and we are undertaking a thorough review of our public safety officers’ actions, and will address our processes and procedures and how they are applied.” Those who are interested in sharing their thoughts about the incident are encouraged to email communityresponse@barnard.edu or attend at a listening session with representatives from Public Safety, the Deans of the College, Furman Counseling, and the Office of Equity at 5 PM in the James Room. This statement similarly makes no direct mention of the violence experienced by the student or the questions of racial profiling.

Update, 9:07 pm: Students are holding a protest against Public Safety’s handling of the incident. We’re including a liveblog of the protest below.

Update, 7:13 pm: Given the identification of the student, we’ve updated the description of “person of color” to “black person.”

Update, 4:40 pm: Two Columbia administrators have made statements to students regarding this event. First, Cristin Kromm, Dean of Undergraduate Student Life for Columbia College and the School of Engineering, forwarded President Beilock’s statement to the CC and SEAS student body, with a note that Columbia administrators “recognize the hurt and pain that many students may be feeling.” Columbia Multicultural Affairs and Undergraduate Student Life will additionally hold a reflection session tonight from 6 to 7 pm in 505 Lerner Hall. Dean Kromm’s email similarly does not mention the violence and racial profiling experienced by the student.

Melinda Aquino, Associate Dean of Multicultural Affairs, additionally sent a statement specifically to a listserv of LGBTQ+ students in CC and SEAS. Her message is the first statement from administrators to acknowledge this event as an incident of racial profiling: “We share in the deep upset and know this brings much pain and reminder of the anti-black violence, racist profiling, police brutality, and systemic racism that plagues our communities. We denounce these and all acts of hate.”

Dean Aquino’s message also emphasizes the reflection session taking place in Lerner tonight from 6 to 7 pm.

Both of Barnard’s statements are included in full below:

“Barnard College is committed to the safety of our students, faculty, staff and guests. For this reason, anyone entering the gates after ‪11pm‬ is required to show a valid ID. A Columbia University student entered the main gate after ‪11pm‬ and did not produce ID when asked to do so by Barnard Safety Officers. While inside the Milstein Center, repeated requests were made for identification and the student eventually complied. The student was then permitted to remain on campus and the issue was resolved. Going forward, we will work on ensuring that our policy is enforced consistently and communicated effectively in keeping with our values.”

Beilock’s statement:

Dear Barnard Community,

Barnard College is committed to the safety and security of our students, faculty, staff, and guests. Over the past few months, we have engaged students, faculty, and staff in conversations about how best to achieve these goals.

As many of you are aware, there was an unfortunate incident last night in the Milstein Center that has raised concerns about our safety and security policies and how they are enforced. I have spoken to Roger Mosier, our Vice President for Campus Services, about last night’s events. We deeply regret that this incident occurred, and we are undertaking a thorough review of our public safety officers’ actions, and will address our processes and procedures and how they are applied.

Incidents like the one last night highlight the need for us to continue our campus-wide conversations around public safety and to ensure that our policies are clear and are consistent with our values. We appreciate that students have raised such concerns and helped to spark an important dialogue and self-reflection.

We are aware that more work needs to be done to ensure that our entire community feels welcome, safe, and protected. We are dedicated to doing this work in concert with all of you.

We are interested in hearing your views and have established an email address for this specific purpose. Please send any concerns you want to express to Communityresponse@barnard.edu.

There will be a listening session tonight at 5:00 PM in the James Room with representatives from Public Safety, the Deans of the College, Furman Counseling, and the Office of Equity. Your input is important as we all work to make Barnard a place where different viewpoints and lived experiences come together in an environment free of fear and hate.

Sian Leah Beilock
President

Please contact tips@bwog.com if you have more information about this incident and would like to give a statement. We will update this post if we receive more information from witnesses and/or the university.

Update at 9:31 PM, 4/12: Barnard announced in its listening hours that the officers involved will be placed on administrative leave while an outside firm investigates what happened. They will be paid while on leave.

The Milstein Center via Bwog Staff

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131 Comments

  • Anon says:

    @Anon His name is Alexander McNab, and he doesn’t deserve Barnard’s racist bullshit.

    1. Concerned citizen says:

      @Concerned citizen I agree, this was definitely racial profiling as the video substantiates. Seeing a student mistreated and
      blatantly disrespected by these men who are hired as ” SECURITY” for who? It CLEARLY suggests they are racists and should be reprimanded! But typical response by whits to ALWAYS blame it on the VICTIM not being in compliance to JUSTIFY the actions of SECURITY. And of course in they will ALWAYS side with their white counterparts by IMMEDIATELY cosigning WRONG, denying TEUTH. How about if the kid was white and the officers were black? I’m sure a lynch mob would be in the making asap..so b 4 REAL as GOD IS DEF WATCHING!!!!

    2. Dumbo’s Mom says:

      @Dumbo’s Mom The security officers don’t deserve Alexander’s bs.

  • Don't want to be restrained? says:

    @Don't want to be restrained? Then Listen to Public Safety. This has nothing to do with race only stupidity.

    1. this says:

      @this the wrong take

    2. anon says:

      @anon lol so many people don’t flash id, but they don’t get pinned down. public safety frequently chases down students for id late at night, thats never been an issue, it has to do with why a poc student at a majority white university happened to be the only one treated violently for a standard mistake everyone here frequently makes.

    3. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous ThIs HaS nOtHiNg TO do WiTh RaCe, says guy who obviously knows a lot.

    4. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous boot licker

    5. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous Have you ever been racially profiled? Do you even KNOW what racially profiling is? Yeah…have that same energy when you find yourself in the same situation.

      1. Anonymous says:

        @Anonymous Yes I have experienced racial profiling and what that boy went through is a prime example. What do you know about racial profiling? Are you even black?

      2. Anonymous says:

        @Anonymous Yo, as a black man, this comment pissed me off. Stop being a pansy ass and grow a pair. Stop yelling racism every chance you get. The world doesn’t owe you a damn thing.

    6. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous Exactly. He didn’t show his ID where he was supposed to because he “didn’t know he was supposed to”. There’s only a select video shown. Who knows what happened prior to. I bet if there was some guy on campus who wasn’t supposed to be but he threw on a backpack to appear to be a student and he raped a girl, then they’d be telling public safety didn’t do their jobs. They asked him for his ID….big deal. They wanted to check the computer cuz how hard would it be to make a fake student ID? NOT hard.

  • f galton says:

    @f galton Sounds like he was refusing to present ID. My bet is he started crying racial profiling before even presenting his ID, and public safety wasn’t having it. Let’s wait until more information comes out before jumping to too many conclusions.

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous This 100%

    2. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous You are welcome to hold your ass.

      1. f galton says:

        @f galton Just because I like to finger my own asshole, doesn’t mean that student isn’t one, or those officers were racist.

        1. antifa says:

          @antifa Your comments mean that you’re an asshole. The video means that the officers are racist. You’re not helping them by defending them, especially with claims that are known to be false, like “he started crying racial profiling before even presenting his ID”.

          1. f galton says:

            @f galton I made this comment before I was able to find the video, but I think I was close to correct. Read Spec’s interview with the student: he admits to knowing he was breaking the rules to prove a point about racial profiling.

          2. Anonymous says:

            @Anonymous This is another case of not the whole story. Where’s the video before this started at Pete’s? Oh, right, it’s not posted. Or didn’t exist. Everyone is so damn quick to yell “it’s racism or they’re racist”. How about everyone just wait until security cams are looked at. This generation needs to grow the eff up and get some tough skin and stop jumping up conclusions like you know it all. JUST saw something similar and everyone was crying racism. Well guess what what happened once the video prior to the one shown on Facebook? The police officer was black himself. Point is, calm the eff down until the WHOLE story comes out. People are too quick to pull out phone to record and then they’re selective on what’s shown. News flash and food for thought – blacks scream racism and use the racism card every chance they get. What about reverse racism? It’s very real but if we claim that, then we’re racists. Why can’t it go both ways???

    3. Jerry Ogburn says:

      @Jerry Ogburn They would not have pinned a white girl to the counter with out showing I’d . you black you have to show your papers everywhere you go

      1. 🤔I wonder if there is a reason says:

        @🤔I wonder if there is a reason Have you seen the photos attached to the crime alerts Public Safety sends out?

    4. antifa says:

      @antifa My bet is that f galton is a dishonest racist piece of trash who hasn’t watched the video.

    5. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous This entire statement was a conclusion idiot

      1. f galton says:

        @f galton I qualified my statement as a “guess” and it turned out to be mostly correct, unlike Bwog’s original piece which they have heavily edited since.

        1. f galton says:

          @f galton “Bet” but same idea.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous Just looks like Public Safety doing its job…

    1. antifa says:

      @antifa … if it’s job is to be violent racists.

      1. GS Proud Boy says:

        @GS Proud Boy I bet you’re not as tough in real life as you are on the internet…

  • @do-not-jump-to-conclusions says:

    @@do-not-jump-to-conclusions If a male student is walking around campus (on the private property of an all women’s college) late at night, then security has every right to ask this individual to show their student ID. Same procedure applies to entering dorms, Lerner, dining hall, university events – this is for everyone’s safety. If you’re a student, just show your ID and you’ll be on your way. By refusing to show your ID, you’re giving the impression that you have something to hide – even if this is not the case. Our campus is in a large and sometimes dangerous city – campus safety has every reason to ask for ID checks. Let’s not jump to conclusions and make this about race – not without sufficient evidence to the fact.

    1. antifa says:

      @antifa Strawman from a racist maggot.

      1. Anon says:

        @Anon You are racist to feel that only white people need to show ID and respect authority.

      2. GS Proud Boy says:

        @GS Proud Boy I wonder if you’re as tough in real life as you are on the internet…

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous Public safety was too rough. Clearly the power got into their heads

  • Nick Donofrio says:

    @Nick Donofrio Makes me ashamed to be white when I see this happening almost daily now. Police officers and Security need to get off their “I am the law and you will do as I say”! “If you’re black get shot in the back!” Our country is sliding backwards?

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous Honestly many people within the law enforcement tend to think they have a lot of power and think they are more above than others so they proceed to resort to violence when someone doesn’t listen to their command.

      1. Dumbo’s Mom says:

        @Dumbo’s Mom A lot of entitled young punks don’t think the rules apply to them and have no respect for those who are there to protect security.

    2. anon says:

      @anon It’s okay to be white

  • Anon says:

    @Anon He was clearly in the wrong by refusing to comply and show his ID. It was a male at a private women’s college after hours when the school is closed. Barnard always gives all men second looks when they enter the campus after hours. Showing your ID is mandatory. He sparked a confrontation.

    1. antifa says:

      @antifa You’re clearly a racist maggot. They assaulted him and only backed off when they found out they were being filmed.

      1. f galton says:

        @f galton I think you’re the one who is distorting the truth here. They backed off when he finally presented his ID, well after they were being filmed.

      2. Dumbo’s Mom says:

        @Dumbo’s Mom They didn’t assault him. They rightfully restrained him. Once he showed the ID, which he should have done from the start, he was allowed in. Facts matter!

        1. Anonymous says:

          @Anonymous antifa is raging all over this thread like little soyboy. Clearly triggered.

  • Concerned citizen says:

    @Concerned citizen I agree, this was definitely racial profiling as the video substantiates. Seeing a student mistreated and
    blatantly disrespected by these men who are hired as “SECURITY?” BUT for who? It CLEARLY indicates they are racists and should be reprimanded! Why Even Stevie Wonder could see this. Typical nonchalant
    response by School Administrators and WPO to ALWAYS blame it on the VICTIM not being in compliance to JUSTIFY the actions of SECURITY. And of course they will ALWAYS side with their white counterparts by IMMEDIATELY cosigning WRONG + denying TRUTH. How about if the kid was white and the officers were black? I’m sure a lynch mob would be in the making asap..so LET’S be REAL as GOD IS DEF WATCHING!!!!

    Support HBCUS!!!!!!!!

  • Concerned citizen says:

    @Concerned citizen I say blatant disrespect PRIMARILY because I also noticed that 1 of the SECURITY ODB’s even told a black female to “relax” in such a condescending tone. So isn’t it obvious? Or are they simply ALL UNPROFESSIONAL JERKS WHO LACK DEESCLATION SKILLS?

    1. Hello says:

      @Hello One time I tried to sign in 3 males into my Barnard dorm late at night and the officer wouldn’t let me even though it wasn’t against the rules. When I tried to argue for my rights, the situation escalated and he called in 4 other security guards to handle the situation. They’re unprofessional. And sometimes they act like macho jerk-offs who are protectors of us women. HA. And they pick and choose when to follow rules and when to make up their own rules… Barnard can do better with training.

      1. Dumbo’s Mom says:

        @Dumbo’s Mom 3 males late at night huh? And you really think nobody should think that is just a little off?

        1. Dumbo’s Mom says:

          @Dumbo’s Mom And the actually are hired to protect the women on campus.

    2. antifa says:

      @antifa Exactly. This rent-a-cop was hyperexcited then pulled that arrogant BS. The woman handled it very well.

      1. Dumbo’s Mom says:

        @Dumbo’s Mom Rent-a-cop comment shows your elitist attitude toward a person trying to earn an honest living and to do his job. If you think you can do better, walk in that security guard’s shoes for one night.

    3. Dumbo’s Mom says:

      @Dumbo’s Mom And her tone wasn’t condescending and presumptuous?

  • f galton says:

    @f galton Everyone should go watch the video. The student had become belligerent before showing his ID to Public Safety. One of the two officers placing his hands on the student was black, and 3 of the 5 officers surrounding him (including the one touching him) were black. Also, the officers did not attempt to escort the student outside. Instead, the officer in charge stepped away to verify the student’s ID, and the student struggled with the officers trying to follow him and grab his ID back. Given the how insane this man was acting, I think it’s pretty fair that they would want to make sure the ID was real. Then again, I guess hysterical behavior is expected of Columbia students these days, so they should have taken that as a sign that he really was a student. These officers should be given a vacation and a promotion for having to deal with these morons. I’m glad I graduated a few years ago, I don’t think my stomach would be able to handle the amount of virtue signaling that we’ll surely be seeing over the next few days. Grab your coloring books and stuffed animals, folks!

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous Lol do you work for Barnard Public Safety?

    2. antifa says:

      @antifa We watched it, which is how we know that you’re a lying racist maggot.

      1. Oh look at me I'm not racist says:

        @Oh look at me I'm not racist don’t throw your back out with all that virtue signaling.

    3. Dumbo’s Mom says:

      @Dumbo’s Mom Spot on!

  • f galton says:

    @f galton Also, can we talk about how Public Safety had a disabled white student ARRESTED BY THE NYPD under similar circumstances? Eyewitnesses say he was “really, really quiet” and “not struggling or screaming” unlike this fool. Certainly wasn’t racial profiling for that guy! See here: https://www.columbiaspectator.com/news/2018/03/01/student-is-arrested-at-barnard-while-having-seizure-regains-consciousness-in-police-custody/

    1. Jerry Ogburn says:

      @Jerry Ogburn Let somebody grab you and pin you down I hope you stay calm .if you read the story .the guy said they stopped him twice before for I’d .they should know he’s a student by nowu

    2. antifa says:

      @antifa You’re a racist maggot.

      1. 🤔 says:

        @🤔 Didn’t the Nazis also call people they didn’t like insects?

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous In Louisiana..reading about this story….Yall keep it going!!!!

    1. bc student says:

      @bc student thank u….. <3

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous Sweet. Paid vacation for the white guys while they get investigated by more white guys. Seems legit.

  • J. Kanyama Vaughn says:

    @J. Kanyama Vaughn Wowser! I’ve felt this tension from day one on this campus (Columbia and Barnard). To be fair, I understand that public safety staffers receive alerts and updates on perpetrators that from my count the majority are identified as black males.

    Nevertheless, I’ve experienced similar interactions with public safety, faculty, and students. I’ve been followed by patrol vehicles while walking to and from various locations on campus, including my housing. Faculty members have left the class when I was the first to arrive on the first day of class. TAs have picked up the sign-in writing device when it was my turn to sign to indicate they didn’t want me to use their device. Awkward racist undertones during open discussion in class. These are a few examples of what seem to be petty experiences to the average person that have accumulated during my short tenure as an active student. It has mentally drained me and it has been easier to just not attend classes and work on a B plan to continue my education elsewhere. I’ve chalked my CU education as a loss because I thought my voice would be loss and condemned for the most part because when I confide with my peers they all say I need to fight(mentally) through the racial stressors “it’s everywhere, everyday”. However, I know myself and I’d rather not be triggered as the student in this article seems to have been. I’m not sure I would have handled the situation with such grace.

    I’ve expressed to several people over the course of the school year how the email crime alerts make me edgy, of course not out of guilt, but from fellow pedestrians, be it students, staff, or otherwise. I understand it’s a gray area in that the public safety announcements are suppose to help, but there is a reverse affect on a black male who could easily resemble several of the “blurry” images of the perpetrators on or nearby the campus. I find myself making sure that I don’t dress like any of the alleged perpetrators to avoid conflict, which is stressful in itself not to be comfortable enough to wear a hooded sweatshirt and jeans. I’m just saying this article strikes a chord with me and I empathize with the apparent victim of abuse in this article. Lastly, to be fair I have witnessed inconsistencies in the ID check at the Barnard gate on Broadway. I work a late night shift and often pass by the fat around 11pm to go to the 1 train. I recall students volunteering to show their ID and some students just walk through without any ID check or request, person of color or otherwise.

    Lastly, had I known what I know now CU would have been disregarded as my school of choice. I’ll take the the L for now and work on recovering from this reality check.

    Hopefully CU and BC swiftly develop a plan to curtail incidents of this kind. Farewell

  • J. Kanyama Vaughn says:

    @J. Kanyama Vaughn *gate not fat

  • margie says:

    @margie They should be fired period, they handled this wrong, They are racist bullies. Racist 45 has allowed the worst idiots who now think its okay to act powerful.

    1. Anon says:

      @Anon They are all Hispanic.

  • Anon says:

    @Anon Barnard has a history of treating male students like crap. Columbia should intervene against this treatment.

  • Anon says:

    @Anon Why didn’t he just show his ID? I feel sorry for these unarmed public safety guys. This is a dangerous jobs and students must be cooperative for the system to work. If a male was found wondering the dorms, the uproar would be even worse.

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous So you think campus police officers should be armed when dealing with students?

      1. Ruben Guajardo says:

        @Ruben Guajardo That man would be dead of they had guns clearly

      2. Dumbo’s Mom says:

        @Dumbo’s Mom They should be armed to deal with potential intruders.

  • prezbo_groyper says:

    @prezbo_groyper mcnabbed his ass lol

  • Joseph says:

    @Joseph Fire all them public safety officers. Its definitely racial profiling

    1. Anon says:

      @Anon They are under direct orders to ask for everyone’s ID. They were doing their jobs. Expel the student for not doing his obligation to show ID.

      1. Anonymous says:

        @Anonymous The problem is that the “safety officers” DON’T follow their own protocol. They DON’T ask everyone to show their ID which as been proven. And if the administration is going to expel a student over an ID, the officers should also be disciplined for using excessive force. And then the student should enforce his rights and hire an attorney. You’re thought process is of a checker player, while the situation we are describing is chess.

        1. Dumbo’s Mom says:

          @Dumbo’s Mom So if the officers don’t ask every person for ID, way to encourage them to do so by whipping up these stupid protests. Why should the bother checking any ID now that they have been demonized by the entitled fools they are hired to protect?

      2. QueenB. says:

        @QueenB. If it applied to every one equally, You would have a point! BUT it isn’t. Therefore you are showing your true racist colors!!!

        1. Dumbo’s Mom says:

          @Dumbo’s Mom So you want them to check ID’s of every 4 year old child and every 80 year old great-grandma in order to justify checking the ID of a male on a womens’ campus Late at night? That is the definition of lunacy of the entitled snowflake crowd at BC.

    2. Melissa says:

      @Melissa Yeah. Fire them without an investigation or all the facts. That’s the justice system everyone wants. Let the mob decide based on a few tweets and a video.

  • Diane Lipson says:

    @Diane Lipson The college is obviously going to backpedal and try to white wash this. Do not let them. Insist the officer in charge at this incident is fired and replaced. Settle for nothing less. SO PROUD of these kids protesting!

    1. Anon says:

      @Anon So we should encourage students to disobey and disrespect authority when asked for a simple ID? Especially a male at women’s college in the middle of the night. Nice.

    2. Dumbo’s Mom says:

      @Dumbo’s Mom They are a bunch of entitled ingrates looking to stir up any pot they can find. Their effete, condescending attitudes to the security personnel, trying to do their job and make a living, is a sickening metaphor for the way elites treat those who have to work for a living.

  • Anon says:

    @Anon This McNab is another Jussie Smollett. Fake set up.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous Profiled for being black and “walking fast.” Physically harassed and detained because a “policy” is infrequently applied. Every one of those officers needs to be fired. Every single one of them.

    1. Anon says:

      @Anon Anti white much?

  • @MAGA says:

    @@MAGA Columbia students are snowflakes.

    1. Dumbo’s Mom says:

      @Dumbo’s Mom There is a remnant of students who have not fallen for the social justice lies.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous White Supremacists weaponized American schools with free for all against the nonwhite race. Welcome to new Trump America, Phase III , Not allowed to go to college while black.

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous Columbia came close to building what is now Manhattanville in Trumps Lincoln Center (59-62 Streets & West End Avenue) development parcel. Mickey Soviet?s praetorian guard was Masadi graduate students who managed to collect archives of faculty keys and computer accounts to adjust grades at will. His henchman Mort Friedman had been a consultant to Hudson Institute, Trump’s main think tank, thanks to Mort’s late buddy Herb London.

      1. Anonymous says:

        @Anonymous This is inaccurate. Trump tried to get Columbia to buy that land, but it never came close to happening. He’s not exactly a skilled negotiator.

  • Ruben Guajardo says:

    @Ruben Guajardo Must be nice to get paid vacation for racial profiling and assault

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous I’ve met this kid. It’s not about race… at least entirely. He’s a nice guy, but he does kind of come off as a character and reminiscent of a stereotype homeless person.

    And if he ran walked through the gates at night public safety always and has a right to ask for his ID considering it’s an all women school and he is male. I graduated from Barnard and, yes, you have to flash your ID like after 9 at the gates or else you’d get chased down. And it’s a security issue- you know there are tunnels underneath the buildings.

  • Dumbo’s Mom says:

    @Dumbo’s Mom So if the student had just prduced the ID when first asked, the whole incident would have been avoided. Sounds like the safety officers were being vigilant and doing their jobs to protect the campus from invaders. Student snowflakes protesting the people that are keeping them safe are acting against their own interests. What a bunch of crybaby snowflakes!

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous Alexander McNab is an agitator and race baiter. 5 of the 6 officers in question are Hispanic. He writes for the Spectator and every article is about race. In fact he did the same at Apple Tree on W120 & Amsterdam.

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous Don’t want Public Safety on Campus? Call Alexander McNab at the Spectator if you have an issue.

    2. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous Alexander McNab is an agitator and race baiter. 5 of the six officers were Hispanic. He pulled the same crap At Apple Tree on W120 & Amsterdam. Many minorities which are immigrants work there. Doesn’t matter I guess

    3. Dumbo’s Mom says:

      @Dumbo’s Mom He writes for the Spectator…that explains it! That rag censors any comment that questions the world view of the lunatic fringe.

  • Dumbo’s Mom says:

    @Dumbo’s Mom Barnard students must have a lot of time on their hands and not a speck of common sense! The college should stand by their security officers and not give an inch to the lunatic mob.

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous The faculty and administrators are no different

      1. Dumbo’s Mom says:

        @Dumbo’s Mom Yes, they created this monster and now they have lost control of it. I have a child at CU and am grateful that there are some students there who have not been drinking the koolaid.

  • Anon says:

    @Anon The student should also be put on probation pending an investigation as well and not be allowed on campus either for instigating.

  • Dumbo’s Mom says:

    @Dumbo’s Mom It is enfuriating to think that the social justice lemmings on this campus would try to have these security officers of color fired for diligently doing their jobs. They are the real racists and elitists in this story! Those officers probably make well below in their wages, protecting these snowflakes, than the amount of a year’s tuition at BC.

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous Well I can assure you the officers do quite well with wages, OT and benefits. Many also have college degrees. They make more in one year than any of these students will make pursuing a silly “gender studies” program

      1. Dumbo’s Mom says:

        @Dumbo’s Mom That’s right! Drag security through the mud and who are you gonna call when you need help? I can’t believe this is even an issue.

  • Dumbo’s Mom says:

    @Dumbo’s Mom He should be exposed for creating a racial hoax and for stirring up the pot. A lot of whites social justice fools are being played by this guy. Save the outrage for real incidents of racism! Hey security officers… thanks for your service! From the parent of a CU student who is not protesting. You all deserve a raise for putting up with all this abuse.

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous You are so right and on point!

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous If he showed his ID when asked this probably wouldn’t have happened. But that’s common sense and that’s not common anymore.

  • Seen this before says:

    @Seen this before The “public safety” officers made a statement, “oink, oink, oink and oink”.

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous Retreat to your safe space with crayons and coloring books

  • Courtney j David says:

    @Courtney j David Ugh,I’m disgusted… Security are NOT police, you have rules and regulations that state you’re Not permitted to use physical Force upon students. This is suppose to be a safe place where People pay GOOD money to have a better quality of life that these EMPLOYEES failed to administer tarnishing the level of respect and equality that formal education is suppose to impliment. These employees have violated thus man’s constitutional rights to an education and safe place. He is likely mentally scared and frightened to continue his persuit of a better quality if life because of this incident and I hope he seeks monetary and legal damages for this incident

    1. Dumbo’s Mom says:

      @Dumbo’s Mom They didn’t know he was a student because he would not present his ID. If he had presented the ID, he would not have been touched. They had to presume he was an intruder. The student brought this on himself to play the victim with the security officers. Sick puppy!

      1. Dumbo’s Mom says:

        @Dumbo’s Mom Only the gullible fall for Alexander McFall’s fake victim narrative. Jussie wannabe?

    2. Dumbo’s Mom says:

      @Dumbo’s Mom You have it all wrong Courtney. This fake hate crime hoaxer tarnished the reputation of the school and of the security guards by deliberately provoking a confrontation with them. They are the ones whose rights were violated and who are afraid now for their jobs and futures. Not all things are what they appear to be. Don’t be fooled by hoaxers who are trying to shape a false narrative to promote an agenda.

    3. Dumbo’s Mom says:

      @Dumbo’s Mom Here is an 8th grade civics question: Where in the US Constitution is there a right to an education and a safe space?

      1. Anonymous says:

        @Anonymous I urge the Public Safety Union to call for a “slow down”, unofficially of course. Meaning; hey faculty, staff, students, administrators, need a door unlocked? Gee may take a while. Intruder on campus? Hmm yeah we’ll check it out. Oh and girls, scared to walk from 110 st. to your dorm late at night. Huh, yeah we’ll get there when we get there. Why are you afraid? It’s neighborhood and get along well with others don’t you? Walk my dear

        1. Dumbo’s Mom says:

          @Dumbo’s Mom That’s right! Drag security through the mud and who are you gonna call when you need help? I can’t believe this is even an issue.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous Why do they get paid on leave?

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous They get paid on administrative leave because it’s called having a Union. You’re all in favor of Unions aren’t you?

  • Celeste Barbosa says:

    @Celeste Barbosa Public “Safety” should have acknowledged that they were wrong and misunderstood the entire situation once they found out that his ID was a valid one. They should’ve apologized to the student gave his ID back to end it in a civil matter. If this was practiced there wouldn’t be as much back lash. Though since it wasn’t, this caused protesters to do what they do best. And in being so, the president of such university should acknowledge that this was indeed an incident of racial profiling and should mention the violence occurred in this event. This should not be taken lightly. Public Safety escalated this situation by trying to justify their actions against the student by saying that he was running when he clearly wasn’t.

    1. Dumbo’s Mom says:

      @Dumbo’s Mom You have it backwards. The student who gave the officers a hard time should have apologized for being a jerk. It was his fault that the officers acted as they did. Instead he saw an opportunity to whine and accuse them of racism.

    2. Dumbo’s Mom says:

      @Dumbo’s Mom This was not racial profiling. You cannot say that if a white male refused to show his ID and tried to violate the rules, the result would not have been the same.

      1. Anonymous says:

        @Anonymous I can because, as a white man, I have walked through those gates after 11:00 and not shown my ID before. Literally nothing happened.

        1. Anonymous says:

          @Anonymous Guilty white liberals. African Americans can handle themselves just fine without your help.

          1. Anonymous says:

            @Anonymous Never said whether I was helping, just said that a double standard exists.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous Looks like you one solution to their problems might be to self police or become responsible for their own safety in some way. Would probably save on tuition as well.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous He just admitted on CNN that he wanted this confrontation and “purposely refused” to show his ID. He admitted he purposely started making a scene by yelling.
    And people think security should have done what, walk away?
    Every person must take responsibility and consequences of their actions regardless of intent.
    Another example of young minded people who “figured it all out.”

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous I think perception has a lot to do with this and not racism. We need to do better on improving the perception of “people of color” to everyone. We must also obey rules. When/if I am asked for an ID, I promptly give it to a security official, because I know it has to do with the safety of others. This is in no way an excuse for the acts committed by the public safety people, but we also have to look at things through the eyes of others and put ourselves in their shoes. What if a person comes in and does not have ID when asked then ensues to inflict harm on others? We must balance safety with inconvenience of a person being asked for their ID in a place that does have rules. If someone is not recognized by security officials, I expect them to check their ID when only students are supposed to be there. I want all people to be safe. So then it should be the rule that “everyone” has their ID checked even if security recognizes them to to make sure one student is not singled out. THis would be fair and logical. Now if someone refuses to show an ID, then the rules should state they are removed from the facility until they can be verified.

    1. Done says:

      @Done Seems like he’s received his 15 minutes of fame. Shows over folks, move along.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous WHEN IS IT GOING TO STOP?

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous Ok, so why didn’t he show his ID in the first place?

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