Claremont CA October 8 2019
Late Saturday night, at an on-campus Travis Porter concert hosted by the Pomona Events Committee—a part of Pomona College’s student government—one Pomona student was handcuffed by campus security after allegedly punching campus security officers. However, after the incident, the event was shut down by campus security.
The event, which consisted of both student artists and hip-hop trio Travis Porter, was organized by the Associated Students of Pomona College’s (ASPC) events subcommittee.
According to the event description on Facebook, the organizers call Pomona College students, and those attending other institutions of the Claremont Colleges Consortium—including Harvey Mudd, Claremont McKenna, Pitzer, and Scripps Colleges—to “[j]oin us for a crazy night and see TRAVIS PORTER perform LIVE!! On Saturday October 5th at 9:30pm, prepare yourself for some amazing student artist performances, with Travis Porter coming on at 11:30pm to close the night! Open to all 5C’s [Claremont Colleges]!!! We will have KEGS for any students that are 21+ with a valid ID!!”
Because the event was terminated shortly after the arrival of Travis Porter, students were not treated to the hip-hop artist’s full set, with students barred from entering.
According to a campus safety officer, the student “punched” another campus safety officer, and was subsequently handcuffed.
The student was later handed over to the Claremont Police Department. According to photographic evidence, the student was kept on the ground while in handcuffs.
This incident is not the first time the Claremont College’s Campus Security has been involved in physical confrontation with students; last year, during the “Yule Ball” at Pomona College, campus security physically confronted students trying to enter an overcrowded venue.
Campus safety at the Claremont Colleges started wearing body cameras since August 1, prompting condemnation from student groups.
The Claremont Independent