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Purdue Campus Officer Put On Leave After Video Of Him Choking Black Student Sparks Outrage

Purdue Campus Officer Put On Leave After Video Of Him Choking Black Student Sparks Outrage

The Indiana State Police are investigating a Purdue University Campus Security officer for excessive use of force after a video of him choking a Black student on campus went viral.

Student Adonis Tuggle posted the video to his Instagram page of Officer John Selke who allegedly elbowed Tuggle in the face, choked him and pushed his head down into the snow.

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Despite the University making a quick statement after the fact, Tuggle alleged the Purdue Campus Security office refused to give him the body cam footage and absolved the officer of wrongdoing.

The University made a statement when Selke was put on leave.

Purdue University President Mitch Daniels stated:

“Immediately upon learning of the use of force during our police officer’s response, we ordered an investigation."
"Including not only the required review of the officer’s actions as is standard procedure under Purdue University Police policies, but also witness interviews and a release of all video evidence, including body-worn and in-car camera footage."
“The inquiry into the police officer’s handling of the situation will be swift and thorough."
"As an additional step, following the internal review, the Indiana State Police will immediately commence an independent review of the PUPD investigation and video evidence."
"Should there be a finding of misconduct by the officer, appropriate action will be taken promptly."

Selke charged Tuggle with resisting arrest and brought him to Tippecanoe County Jail on Friday night.

Tuggle posted a $250 bond and was released shortly thereafter.

Chief John Cox of the Purdue University Campus Security office claimed in a statement he would conduct his own full investigation into the incident as well.

Action was taken after Black students organized a town hall with the University and when the video began to go viral on the internet.

The Indiana State Police have taken over the investigation into the conduct of both the officer and the Purdue security department.

Neither Tuggle nor the University have provided any further updates at this time.