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Body cam footage of alleged racial assault at UArizona released

Posted at 11:03 PM, Feb 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-28 01:03:16-05

TUCSON, Ariz. — Campus Police at UArizona have shared body cam footage of the accuser and the suspects involved in an alleged assault.

It starts with the victim, not yet identified by police, shaken after the reported attack.

"He called me the n-word man, I can't deal with that," the accuser told police.

"Which route did they go?" The responding officer asks.

"He went over there," a friend of the accuser replied.

"I can't deal with that right now man," the accuser said.

Others walking with the accuser then described the scene to UAPD officers.

"They were white, one had curly hair he was probably about six feet tall. Never met these kids before," the unidentified witness said.

"He was screaming the n-word. he attacked me out of no where man," the accuser said.

"A couple of kicks to the head. A couple punches to the face. A couple punches to the gut probably. Probably like two or three guys," the accuser told police.

Officers joined the victim at his dorm and examined his injuries.

There, body cam footage reveals the accuser actually didn't initially pursue charges against the student he accused.

"You can change your mind," officers explained to the accuser.

"If you decide tomorrow morning that you want to do it, you can change your mind."

Body cam footage then showed police arriving at the home of one of the accused later that night.

"How's it going? You alright?" An officer asked as one of the accused walked out of the residence.

The officers are then seen placing one of the accusers, in handcuffs, to the backseat of a squad car.

"Where were you before that? The officer asked the student.

"I was at the house," he replied.

"We have people witness that you were fighting," the officer explains to the student.

"So you could either help yourself or you could hurt yourself, by telling the truth."

Officers informed the accused students that they wouldn't face charges, at least that evening.

"If it was anybody else and they wanted to press charges you'd be going to jail right now, ok?"

A few days pass and charges are filed against both students, now officially, suspects in the case.