Xavier University's campus police chief resigned and two officers were fired Wednesday after an incident in which students said they were pepper-sprayed during an event earlier this week.
Chief Jacques Battiste handed in his resignation, university officials said. They have not identified the two officers.
Students said Tuesday that cafeteria workers called police during the annual midnight breakfast event when some students left dishes on tables and did not throw away trash. The officers arrived and tried to prevent some of the students from leaving, locking doors, which created chaos and confusion, some of which was caught on cellphone video.
Students told a local TV station that some of them were pepper-sprayed and arrested, though the university has not confirmed that in its limited public statements about the incident.
Two campus police officers at Xavier University have been placed on administrative leave following an incident Monday night in which some stud…
“I am deeply disturbed by the incident that took place on Monday night involving our students," Xavier President Reynold Verret said in a statement Wednesday. "Incidents like these do not reflect the core values of our university and are unacceptable.”
Curtis Wright, the university's vice president of student affairs, will take over as public safety director on an interim basis while a search is conducted for Battiste's replacement.
Xavier also said Wright will spearhead initiatives to address student concerns related to the incident, though it did not provide any details about what those might be.
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