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wait so what did they even do
Two Students of Color Assaulted by Colby College Security and Local Police Departments Excessive force used in arrest of multiple students early Easter Sunday; students rally in defense of arrested
Waterville, ME – On Monday, over 700 Colby College students united in response to a weekend incident that resulted in the assault and arrest of three Colby students. Early morning on Easter Sunday, at approximately 1:30 a.m., an incident occurred at Colby’s Pugh Center (the college's center for multicultural affairs) involving two students of color, Colby Security, and several local, county, and state police officers. At this student-led forum on Monday, April 13, students responded to those two arrests. Students united in discussion and condemnation of a video showing excessive force by both the Colby Security Department and the police officers who arrived on the scene.
After viewing the disturbing video, students were outraged and demanded change from the Colby administration and Security Department. False information has been given to both the student body and the local Waterville community. Colby United, a group of Colby students, seeks to show the unbiased truth of the events of the Pugh Center incident.
Ozzy Ramirez was concerned about a friend who was being questioned by a security officer, and he was said to have interfered in the questioning. Ramirez was forcefully restrained by Colby Security. Jacob Roundtree, upon witnessing the excessive use of force, questioned the security guards, and was restrained as well. While being restrained, the two students – Ramirez now bleeding from the head – repeatedly asked to be let up as they were in extreme amounts of pain and already had agreed to comply. Police arrived on the scene, started yelling at students, and proceeded to mace Roundtree, who was already submissive. The videos shown tonight corroborated these events. We will release those videos in the near future. A third student was arrested shortly after these events in a separate, but related, incident.
Tomorrow, students are coming together at 12 p.m. at the flagpole on Colby’s academic quad to show their unity and support for their peers. Students will also show their discontent with the way these events were communicated to them and to the Waterville community at large. Students involved in the incident, student leaders, and others will be available for comment.
Where: 4000 Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville, ME 04901
What: Colby United Rally for Change
When: Tuesday, April 14, 2009, 12:00 p.m.