Report clears Maine college officers

Posted May 13, 2009, at 9:55 a.m.

WATERVILLE, Maine — A consultant’s report says Colby College security officers acted appropriately during an incident on Easter Sunday that provoked a student protest at the Waterville school.

But the report by consultant Ralph Martin II, who was hired by Colby, also says everybody involved could have conducted themselves better during the incident, which occurred after a campus dance.

Police arrested two students after they allegedly interfered during a medical assessment of a third student. A video shows police pinning the students to the floor.

Martin interviewed people involved in the incident. His report says one student was restrained for too long and at least one security officer used “unprovoked and improper force” while trying to get students to leave.

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