OSP releases body cam footage of controversial OSU student arrest

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Oregon State Police released body camera video that shows the arrest of a 21-year-old black Oregon State University student.

The arrest of Genesis Hansen on Sunday, Oct. 13 sparked controversy after other students questioned the amount of force police used to take her into custody.

Students recorded the incident on their cellphones.

Police originally cited her for not riding her bicycle on the right side of the road.

The body camera footage from the OSP trooper shows Hansen questioning the reasons for being given the citation. She also refuses to provide the trooper with her identification.

Because she refused to provide her identification, the trooper and a Corvallis police officer then arrest her, accusing her of interfering with a peace officer and resisting arrest.

After reviewing the OSP body camera footage, Benton County District Attorney John Haroldson said last Friday he would not be pursing any charges against Hansen.

Oregon State University said because of the incident it would take a second look at its contract with Oregon State Police.

OSP said it was releasing the video to be transparent.

“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,” OSP said. “The agency understands the importance of vigorously investigating these allegations and is taking a serious look at the incident.”

On Monday, the NAACP said the arrest of Hansen was inhumane and unlawful. It said it wants OSP and the Corvallis Police Department to apologize to her. It also wants all charges against her to be withdrawn. Additionally, it wants university officials to provide support to Hansen and for city leaders to meet with the Corvallis NAACP branch.



By: ThisIsButter (41847.40)

Tags: student arrested

Location: Oregon State Police