Published: Wed, April 18, 2018

Harvard Student Arrested for Streaking While Allegedly High on Drugs

Harvard Student Arrested for Streaking While Allegedly High on Drugs

According to a police report, Ohene was naked, and a woman who appeared to be Ohene's acquaintance told officers he may have been on drugs.

Cambridge police officers can be seen holding Ohene down and striking him repeatedly, according to the Boston Globe. "We informed him that we were only there to help him and were concerned for his safety", the report reads.

According to an arrest report, the incident began unfolding at 9.09pm on Friday when officers responded to the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue and Waterhouse Street for a disturbance. They say he was transported to the hospital for an evaluation and spit a mixture of blood and saliva at an EMT while en route. He has been charged with indecent exposure, disorderly conduct, assault, resisting arrest, and assault and battery on ambulance personnel. The extent of his injuries was not immediately clear. Dehlia Umunna, the deputy director of the institute.

After several attempts to communicate, the student became hostile, authorities said.

The statement continued on to say that the "video speaks for itself" and that there has "been significant extrajudicial commentary" on the case.

The university's president, Drew Faust, called it "profoundly disturbing" in a letter on Monday.

"A Harvard student was in obvious distress, and we need to understand how that came to be and whether we could have interceded earlier and more effectively".

The Harvard Black Law Students Association (BLSA) released a statement saying there was a pool of blood on the pavement following the incident after the ambulance took Ohene away and contesting the police description of the incident with their own eyewitness accounts. He described Ohene's behavior as "chaotic and tumultuous".


'I perceived this as a threat and thought an attack was imminent, ' wrote the cop. "It should be noted that Ohene is approximately 6 feet tall with a muscular build".

In the video, shot by a bystander and released by police, Ohene is surrounded by three officers, then turns and approaches one of them. He is still undergoing mental health examinations and has yet to be arraigned.

The Cambridge Police Department tweeted about the incident on Saturday morning, but didn't note that any misconduct or violence had occurred while the arrest was being conducted.

"You have to judge their actions within the context of a rapidly evolving situation and not with this ideal construct" said, Commissioner Bard.

'A naked, unarmed Black man stood still on the median at the center of Massachusetts Avenue, ' the group said in a statement.

"We are reminded, as soon-to-be-graduates of an elite law school that we can not protect our bodies with our degrees", the group said in the statement. "We will be asking questions of ourselves, recognizing that the responsibility rests with the University to establish the conditions of trust necessary for effective campus policing and the delivery and coordination of effective health care". Most of the concern is not about police intervening with the student but how they did so - video shows the student being punched after he was detained. Many called the police. There were about 30 onlookers during the incident, police said.

"We would want to be aware of that because that would be in violation of our policies", Jeremy Warnick, the communications director for the Cambridge Police Department, told CNN Tuesday. 'As Mayor, I will continue working with my colleagues to make sure that the horrific treatment of black Americans at the hands of law enforcement has no place in Cambridge'.

As a police department, our officers are rightfully required to uphold the high standards expected from the community, city leadership and police leadership. In most cases, the extensive training our officers go through results in the de-escalation of risky situations.

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