Campus police have released more information about a disturbance caused Monday, June 24, in the Grand Rapids Community College Enrollment Center in Raleigh J. Finkelstein Hall. This happened when a prospective student became loud and aggressive while in the testing room.
Campus police were called twice during this instance at around 11:15 a.m. The first time the man calmed down quickly and the police left. The second time campus police were called back because the man started making odd statements as well as being loud and disruptive. The escalation led to the man injuring two officers and being tased himself.
“We talked to him, we were decent,” Lieutenant Richard Decker said. “Most times they just leave, he was loud and aggressive, and very negative. We asked him very nicely to leave. When we placed hands on him to arrest him, it escalated.”
Campus police officers take many measures to prevent disturbances on campus, however sometimes these disturbances are unpreventable.
“What happened couldn’t have been prevented, it was his responsibility,” said Decker. “The staff and ourselves were more than generous with him, telling him to walk out the door, to calm down, we talked to him for 20 to 25 minutes. The staff at the enrollment center did a good job and got the kids out.”
The man sustained no injuries and is currently in custody.