Cambridge Mayor Marc C. McGovern questioned Cambridge Police Department officers' use of force during the arrest of a black Harvard undergraduate last month.
Faust also said she convened the committee to examine “what can we do differently to make sure that we don’t have such an incident and disturbing event happen again.”
Faust has formed a “review committee” to determine the exact “sequence of events” leading to the forcible arrest of a black undergraduate April 13 and to undertake a “systematic examination” of a wide variety of Harvard policies.
The letter states the black student’s forcible arrest proves that Harvard University Health Services and Harvard University Police Department are “not adequately equipped” to serve students.
Officers Who Arrested Black Student Had Not Taken Extra Training on Engaging Mentally Ill Individuals
Roughly one-third of CPD’s officers and all supervisors have taken the non-mandatory training to date. CPD's stated goal is to put "the entire department" through the program.
Through the new office, which will be called the Office of Procedural Justice, Cambridge Police hopes to show a commitment to transparency and responsibility by analyzing citizens’ confrontations with the police.
Some at the event sharply criticized Harvard for what they called a lack of institutional support. The arrest of the student has drawn allegations of police brutality.
Three police chiefs from Detroit, San Francisco, and Minneapolis visited the Kennedy School Thursday to field questions about the realities of modern day policing.
Last Friday’s arrest of a black Harvard undergraduate does not mark the first time local authorities physically confronted and arrested a naked College student under the influence of drugs.
University President Drew G. Faust called the forcible arrest of a black undergraduate by the Cambridge Police Department Friday night “profoundly disturbing” in an email sent to University affiliates Monday.
The statement also affirms that the Council stands “in solidarity” with the arrested student as well as with black Harvard affiliates more broadly.