Many students expressed outrage after video circulated showing police at the University of North Texas in Denton arrest a young Black man for allegedly trespassing at a job fair.
Video of the incident went viral after it was posted on Twitter on Wednesday.
University police replied to the tweet with a statement saying officers responded to a call reporting a disturbance at an event inside the UNT union building.
“Officers talked to the individual and asked him to leave the event. The individual continued to create a disturbance and was arrested related to this. No force was used related to this arrest.”
In the video, someone can be heard asking the officers why they were arresting the man. The man handcuffed responds saying he gave officers his student ID.
just watched @UNTPolice unlawfully arrest a Black student trying to attend a job fair on campus, claiming he was “trespassing” despite having a student ID number. 1/3 @stevanzetti pic.twitter.com/YfqMn3gNlk
— cricket (@cricketsrogue) September 21, 2022
“I am a student. They keep trying to tell me I’m not a student,” the man says in the video as police search his pockets.
In the video, the man says he was trying to attend a job fair inside the UNT union building, and the event organizers confirmed to police that he was a student.
The officers did not respond during the arrest as it was captured on video.
The man in the video has not be identified.
Today, fliers were reportedly posted on campus, which said “UNTPD arrested an innocent Black student in front of the student union.”
The man was reportedly booked into jail with a $2,500 bond.
More about the arrest can be found here.
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