Security officer under investigation amid racial tensions, videos, and one white student tackled in a stairwell

Bates College refuses to say whether officer will be fired or comment on ongoing investigation

Bates College has placed a campus security officer on leave and has launched an investigation after a video surfaced in which he said he and other campus officers are afraid to write up students of color because if a student of color were to lie about an incident, administrators would believe that student over the officer.

Also the officer, Dennis Skinner, was allegedly involved in forcibly tackling a student in a stairwell, possibly over miscommunications about showing his student ID, in another incident reportedly recorded.

The officer was placed on leave in early March at the private Maine-based campus, considered to be one of the “Little Ivy” schools.


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