Additional Information Regarding Incident on May 1, 2019
Statement from Texas State University Police Chief Laurie Clouse
May 2, 2019
The morning of Wednesday, May 1, several students gathered on the Quad on the San Marcos Campus in anticipation of a planned march by an outside group. This group of students was angry that the university would allow this outside group on a campus. As a public university, we are required to allow outside groups to be outdoors on our campuses, even if they represent ideas that we find offensive and that are directly counter to our shared values. To help ensure the safety and security of our students with this planned march, we had an enhanced police presence on campus. However, the outside group did not come to campus on May 1. The incident that occurred only involved Texas State students.
The incident that led to the arrests began when one student took a hat off another student’s head and fled. Police officers quickly interceded and directed the student to drop the stolen property. The student refused multiple directives and was then detained with the intention of being given a ticket for theft. The student was later arrested after providing a false identity to the police. Another student ran to the officers during this incident and began to interfere. After refusing to comply with the officers’ directions, this student was arrested for interference with public duties. When the students were escorted into the police department, other students followed and one additional student was arrested in the police department lobby for interference. A fourth student was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct outside the police department.
Although the investigation is ongoing, the initial review indicates that the officers involved acted appropriately with the goal of preventing further escalation. When a theft occurred in plain view, they were right to act. I understand it’s difficult to watch the arrests on social media, however, the officers were there to protect all of our students. We expect our students to obey the law.
After any significant incident, the department conducts an after-action review and will do so in this case. It provides us an opportunity to review our actions and identify any areas where improvements can be made.
The University Police Department is committed to doing our part in creating a safe learning and working environment for our students, faculty, and staff.