Officers disciplined after report reveals they ‘made mistakes’

Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 3:54pm

Following a months-long investigation, the Vanderbilt University Police Department disciplined three officers for their response to a disturbance call in February.

Vanderbilt police responded to a disturbance call at 4:50 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 7, where officers said they observed students throwing things out of windows and against walls inside the National Pan-Hellenic Council fraternity house on West Side Row.

The university did not say how the officers were disciplined.

According to a university release issued shortly after the incident, officers entered the house with their weapons drawn and handcuffed several students and their off-campus guests, holding them outside in freezing weather for more than half an hour.

Assistant Vice Chancellor and VUPD Chief August Washington ordered an internal investigation into the officers’ response. The officers were placed on paid administrative leave immediately following the incident and remained on leave throughout the investigation.

A VUPD online crime log states that when officers arrived on the scene, they observed people throwing things out of a broken window, throwing furniture against the walls and causing other damage inside the house.

In a university release dated April 19, Washington said, “The investigation found that the officers involved made mistakes in the way they responded to this call, and we have taken the appropriate actions.”

Keeping with its policy, the university has not named the officers involved. The students involved were referred to the Office of Student Conduct at the University to determine what disciplinary action against them would be appropriate, but results of such deliberations are confidential.

The NPHC is the governing council for the eight historically African-American fraternities and sororities.

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6 Comments on this post:

By: localboy on 4/22/10 at 2:42

what did you expect? On some things the university can be hardnosed, and on others they can be buffaloed towards the nearest exit...I wonder if the NPHC had to pay for damages out of it's own pockets or if the university is footing the bill.

By: richgoose on 4/22/10 at 3:39

If I were in charge of human resources at Vanderbilt. I pay as much attention to the hiring of police officers as I do in hiring educators. So many of the police officers are desirous of these positions because they were nobodies in high school. Many of the applicants want to be police officers no matter what the pay in order to assert themselves in a manner of power.

In other words they are least qualified to be police officers.

By: house_of_pain on 4/23/10 at 7:01

VUPD should never have been given police powers.

By: Dwilso31 on 4/23/10 at 3:23

Rentacops at best

By: localboy on 4/26/10 at 9:56

"VUPD should never have been given police powers."
Isn't VUPD a division of Metro Police? I mean, they ARE police, aren't they?

By: TharonChandler on 4/26/10 at 11:46

Some of those Vandy police like to wear the 'black leather gloves' and 'jack-boot' look, like some richi fascists. The actual students are the best; wealthy and socially just and good lookin females. There is nothing worse than fascist police trying to hog the chicks.

Great baseball team; good luck.