UMSL denies campus police acted improperly

university umsl UMSL denies campus police acted improperly

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – An altercation nearly a month ago between University of Missouri – St. Louis campus police and a 46-year-old student disc jockey has the student claiming brutality and the police saying they were acting properly.

University spokesman Bob Samples says police received a call the evening of November 17th about a female student, also a volunteer at the student radio station,  in extreme emotional crisis — so much so, he says, that staff feared she might harm herself.

Student disc jockey Brian Massey was also there, was asked to leave, and did not.

It’s at this point that the similarities between the two sides end.

UMSL spokesman Bob Samples  says officers had been told that an earlier interaction between the two students might be the reason for the female student’s emotional problems.  Samples says building and radio station officials asked Massey to leave and, when he refused, two officers were asked to intercede.

Samples says Massey grabbed the right wrist of an officer and was told he was under arrest.

Police say, as Massey was being handcuffed, he swung around and tried to strike an officer.

Massey was subdued and Samples says one officer was injured.   Massey says he was kicked and punched.

After Massey was arrested, county prosecutors charged him with one felony count of resisting arrest and  four related misdemeanor charges.

Massey says he’s a criminal justice student at UMSL and is trained to oppose injustice.  He claims he “spent the next three days handcuffed and then shackled to a hospital bed”.

Massey was eventually released on bond with his student status restored.  He’s back on campus and attending class.

UMSL Police Chief Forrest Van Ness says he’s conducting an internal investigation under the department’s Use of Force policy.

The chief says, when the investigation is complete, it will be forwarded to an outside law enforcement agency for review and recommendations.

Massey claims the charges were trumped up and says he needs to have his name cleared.

Meantime, a sit-in is scheduled for Monday morning just one floor below where the altercation took place.

Massey says he’ll attend and urges all those there to remain peaceful.

A Facebook page titled “UMSL Police Went Too Far!” has appeared along with an online petition.

(Copyright KMOX News)

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  1. stuzooman says:

    Why do I think that the “professional police officers” at UMSL, appear to be less than professional.

    I wonder how this situation will be fairly investegated so that whatever the truth is it will come out.

    It is critical if the story is as the student indicates it is adjudicated, because a felony record is the last thing anyone needs, especially for assault on a police officer. That is guaranteed to cause less than gentle treatment if he is ever in contact with any cop again.

    I like the force required to subdue the student, striking soft tissue, hmm what kind of bureaucratic doubletalk is that?

    The truth needs to come out on this one. I will usually side with the police but this story has a strange aroma about it.

  2. Mark says:

    In truth there is dignity.

  3. Concerned Citizen says:

    UMSL has a particularly worrisome history of pressuring students to remain silent about any situation that puts the university in a negative light. They offer students little in the way of recourse for actions or accusations made against them, and will use suspension or expulsion as means of suppressing students defending themselves.

  4. past student says:

    I used to be an RA and witnessed UMSL police handle some situations in what I thought was way less than a professional manner in the past. Doubting much has changed since I was there, this should definitely go before an impartial party for adjudication.

    And Concerned Citizen has a great point in that UMSL *does* have a history of pressuring and bullying/abusing its students into keeping quiet about anything and everything that would reflect negatively on the university with virtually no recourse in the cases where they have been wronged.

  5. Ann says:

    This is ridiculous. This is not the original story and it is not the original title. Someone has obviously put pressure on KMOX to change it. The witness testimonies are gone and more lies have been added.

    1. mulligan1 says:

      ANN IS 100% CORRECT, THE EARLIER STORY TOLD IN DETAIL WHAT THE POLICE DID TO THE STUDENT, WHO IS HANDICAPPED (THE UNIVERSITY EVEN SAYS SO), HOW HE WAS THROWN AROUND AND KICKED. THE UNIVERSITY IN THE EARLIER STORY INDICATED THAT THEY HAD TO MAKE CONTACT TO SOFT TISSUE. THE STUDENT SAID THEY KICKED HIM WHEN HE HAD BEEN HANDCUFFED, SUBDUED AND ON THE GROUND.

      SOUNDS LIKE BO CONNERS IS NOT THE ONLY SHERRIFF WHO IS TOTALLY OUT OF CONTROL. WHAT KIND OF GESTAPO DO THEY HAVE AT THAT UNIVERSITY? ARE THESE REAL CERTIFIED POLICE OFFICERS, OR SOME GANGSTERS THEY HIRED OFF OF THE STREET?

      THE FACT THAT KMOX HAS CHANGED THE STORY 100% SINCE THIS MORNING INDICATES THAT THEY ARE JOURNALISTIC WHORES.

      WHAT A LOUSY SLIMY THING FOR KMOX TO DO.

      1. mulligan1 says:

        This site won’t print my earlier comment, it was critical of them, and their lack of integrity.Ann is 100% correct, this story has been manipulated 100% by kmox and cbs.

      2. KRyan says:

        Wow. Thanks for letting us know this story, as it now appears, is an OUTRIGHT LIE.

        More evidence (as if any were needed) that the mainstream press are nothing more than whores for their governmental handlers.

  6. kevin says:

    This is not the original article. It has been heavily edited to remove the statements of eyewitnesses who saw the actions of the police. it is possible to see the original one by looking at a google cache. Why did kmox cave to pressure from umsl?

  7. Mark says:

    I have been informed that the Author of the original story did not make the modifications. They were likely done by an editor. This editor is probably making a mistake, and should report the full story, the truth will out, but it would be good of KMOX to be part of it, rather than to avoid it.

  8. Warren says:

    As a recent UMSL alum, this is quite disconcerting.
    Also is upsetting is that your story has been edited down. Why was this story drastically edited to no longer show Massey’s/witnesses side of the story? Here you can find the part that KMOX decided to edit out:
    http://stlactivisthub.blogspot.com/2010/12/what-kmox-left-out.html

    1. mulligan1 says:

      I am thrilled that the citizenry is intelligent enough to tell the world when an injustice has been done. Will the folks who did the editing bring back the original story? I doubt it. Which version is correct? I don’t know and frankly at this point don’t care.

      The fact that the story was slanted so dramatically says world’s about why the media cannot be trusted.

    1. mulligan1 says:

      I have written Doug McKelvin at KMOX to find out who and why the story was edited. He claims not him, I believe him.

      Doug has forwarded my letter to the News editor at KMOX, let’s see if he has the huevos to answer the question.

      Something really stinks here, regardless of who did what, if a story is modified 180 degrees without an explanation that is just plain wrong.

  9. allsmiles4 says:

    I know students who were there through this whole occurrence…This is not what happened.

  10. Kenya says:

    There is something not quite right with this story?? Something is missing?? How do you take a peaceful person and try to turn it into something it’s not. Do they not think there are others who were there who can tell what really happened? Stories like this is what make innocent people seem to be something they are not to make the cops look good.

  11. Ann GreeStudent says:

    This should have run as a follow-up to the original, not a replacement. It’s still full of lies, but to be fair and balanced would not allow a complete removal of the original story. If you’re only going to report one side for a story, then at least talk to witnesses and run another story running the other side.

    1. mulligan1 says:

      For the first time since they started this thread, I have seen the power of the people who are willing to stand up for what is right.

      For the past two weeks, under a different name I have been critical of the citizens of St. Louis who defend jackers, murderers and criminals and won’t go forward to the police to tell them what they saw. There was a double slaying at a funeral parlor 2 weeks ago, 90+ shots fired from multiple weapons. The funeral was for a man who had been involved in a murder the week before, and no one saw anything and would not report it to the police.
      3 older women have had their homes broken into and were killled in North city and the east side, once again, no one saw or heard anything.

      People, if there is wrong, if it is the police or a crook, you have to make your voices heard. The UMSL students should call the FBI today and tell them your story. It is the FBI’s job to prosecute local policemen who are criminals, as these UMSL cops were.

      My opinion, and I don;’t personally have to worry about a vindictive University Administration.. I hope that the truth comes out.

  12. ENRAGED says:

    first of all. obviously KMOX has been pressured to change the story. The eye witness testimonies are GONE. and Excuse me BOB SAMPLES but YOU WERE NOT EVEN THERE. so as to why you are giving the statement for UMSL I don’t know. You all should be ashamed of yourselves for trying to sweep this under the rug.! but we will fight! we will not quit! we will get justice one way or another. you can bet your bottom dollar on that.

    1. mulligan1 says:

      IF EVER THERE WERE AN INCIDENT TO CAUSE A SIT DOWN PROTEST AT THE ADMINISTRATION OFFICES, THIS IS IT. ENERGIZE THE STUDENT BODY, AND PEACEFULLY DEMONSTRATE THAT THE UMSL POLICE ARE OUT OF CONTROL, AND STUDENTS DON’T HAVE TO PUT UP WITH PR SPIN.

  13. mulligan1 says:

    The Following was received from Bob Hamilton who is KMOX’s News Director. I asked him why the story was changed, and why the new story was so slanted..

    Thanks for writing regarding our story on the UMSL student arrested on campus and charged with felony obstruction.

    As the KMOX editor on duty Sunday, the responsibility for the story is mine.

    Sunday afternoon, KMOX talked with the student in question describing his arrest and claiming brutality.

    The first and second KMOX stories were extensive and were posted to our website where long-form stories can be better accommodated. In the first story, we had little early response from the university. Later that day we were able to reach the university spokesman who provided UMSL’s side of the story. That was added to a revised story about the arrest, again in long-form and on our website.

    Sunday night, I prepared the on-the-air stories for Total Information A.M. including our recorded quotes from both the student in question and the university spokesman. Obviously, not all the information in the long-form website stories fit the form required for a radio newscast. Looking back, I still find both stories to be fair and balanced, as they should be. And I assure you, there was no pressure at all from the university.

    As for the late and great Robert Hyland and Bob Hardy, both of whom are legends in the industry, I was hired by Robert Hyland and worked with and edited Bob Hardy. I’m confident both would approve of our coverage.

    Thanks again, Stu, for listening. . .and for taking part in the great exchange of ideas that journalism and a concerned and caring public can produce.

    Sincerely,

    Bob Hamilton
    KMOX News Editor/Anchor=

    The answer smelled fishy to me.

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