The conduct of police has been called into question following the arrest of a University of Notre Dame student at a tailgate party Saturday afternoon.
A video of the incident was posted on YouTube under the heading “St. Joseph County Police Brutality at Notre Dame.”
As the video starts, at least four police officers riding horses are already at the scene of a tailgate party.
Two or three additional officers are on foot and are seen talking to some students.
Suddenly, a St. Joseph County Police officer pushes one student, while saying “I haven’t ruined anything yet.” The officer then proceeds to push another student.
“Looks like finally got caught on tape, what all the students have been a little upset about,” said Notre Dame Student Jack Peterson.
Peterson said that the video had his blood boiling.
“You can very clearly see when the zoom in and the slo mo (slow motion) occurs that the student is saying nothing and the cop is screaming in his face and then proceeds to push him and arrest,” said Jack Peterson.
The video ends with the arrest of 21-year-old student Benjamin Winter on a charge of Public Intoxication.
“I saw a kid trying to reason with the police kind of, kind of just trying to talk to him and then he says something it didn't even seem that bad I mean he just pushes him and so the cop was assaulting the kid, that's what it looks like to me,” said student Scott Matthews.
While neither push resulted in any injuries, some saw the actions as a slap in the face to the student body.
“It seemed, I guess, almost uncalled for dealing with like college students,” said student Jordan Matulis. “In a sense that I think that it probably definitely could have been handled a lot better, it made the police I think look really bad.”
Late today, the St. Joseph County Police Department identified the arresting officer as 19-year veteran Sgt. Randy Kaps.
The statement went on to say, “At this time, we are gathering further information relating to the circumstances leading to the arrest of the suspect in the video. The information to be considered includes police reports from other police officers at the scene, as well as, other video obtained of the incident which may have been captured by security cameras on campus.”
As of Monday, St. Joseph County Police Spokesman Assistant Chief William Redman said that no formal complaint had been filed against the arresting officer.
While the video was apparently available to anyone on YouTube all day Sunday and Monday morning, by Monday afternoon it was suddenly listed as “private.”