Cleveland police investigating CWRU student assaulted by security officer

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CLEVELAND - Cleveland police are investigating after a Case Western Reserve University graduate student was assaulted by a security officer on Wednesday night.

According to Barbara R. Snyder, President of CWRU, the student was assaulted by the unarmed security officer near Bellflower Road between Ford Drive and Juniper Road.

It also appeared that the officer had threatened other students in the area and was acting belligerently.

The student was taken to University Hospitals Case Medical Center, treated and released. The officer was also taken to the hospital for evaluation.

Cleveland police are now investigating the situation and student affairs has spoken with the students and witnesses of the incident.

According to Case, the security guard is currently on administrative leave.

Thursday on campus students were stunned.
They learned of the assault in an email sent to the entire Case community from University President Barbara Snyder.
Sam Weinberger said, "She gave a fairly eloquent apology however there`s really a lack of detail."
Many students wanted to know more about the situation and Snyder promised to release more information as it becomes available and the investigation unfolds. Despite the attack, Weinberger and other students said they generally feel safe on campus and believe this was an "isolated incident."
A female student, who also believes it was an isolated incident but who didn't want to be identified, commented on the increased police presence on campus Thursday.
She said, "They`re really trying to help calm the situation with the students."

Read Snyder's entire statement here:

To the Case Western Reserve Community,

I am saddened to inform you that late last evening an unarmed Case Western Reserve security officer assaulted one of our graduate students on Bellflower Road between Ford Drive and Juniper Road. An investigation is ongoing, but so far it appears that the employee also verbally threatened students and was belligerent with other individuals both on Bellflower and Ford Drive.

Case Western Reserve EMS transported the graduate student to University Hospitals Case Medical Center (UHCMC), where he was treated and released. In addition, university police took the officer to UHCMC for evaluation after he became increasingly agitated.

I first want to express my profound apologies to the injured student and all others with whom this troubled employee interacted last night. As I have said many times, the safety of the Case Western Reserve community is our highest priority. To have anyone suffer intimidation or violence on our campus is terrible enough; to have the attacks come from an employee is truly awful.

We have turned over investigation of this case to the Cleveland Police Department. Our student affairs staff has met with the graduate student and is providing support to other students who saw the altercation. I also want to remind students that University Counseling Services provides counseling without an appointment Monday through Friday; in addition, an on-call counselor is available after hours at 216-368-5872.

I will update the campus community as additional information emerges. For now, let me emphasize our deep regret regarding this incident.

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