Editorial: No Question, OSU Police Used Excessive Force on Student of Color
Genesis Hansen is a fourth-year Oregon State student and columnist at Orange Media Network. Some might recognize her as Juliet from her lead role in OSU’s summer production of Bard in the Quad: Romeo and Juliet. Hansen double majors in English and Philosophy, and is a woman of color.
Oregon State Police, the agency contracted by OSU for policing services, arrested Hansen in a campus-adjacent neighborhood on Sunday Oct. 13 when she neglected to show identification after being stopped for biking on the wrong side of the street. Videos from bystanders show Hansen calmly stepping back from the police before being forcibly tackled to the ground and handcuffed, at which point the crowd upheals.
“Do not touch her,” someone yells. Others comment on the physicality of the two men, who appear to outweigh Hansen 4-fold: “You are two grown men.” “You are so much bigger than her, this kind of force is not necessary.”
“She’s not complying,” one officer retorts, while Hansen remarks, “They say I’m resisting. I’m not moving.”
Hansen asks the officers not to touch her when getting permission to stand up, and attempts to stand on her own. The officers then forcibly move her back to the ground, aggressively yanking one of her legs.