After doing an investigation, the IU Police Department has determined that it was a hired security officer, not an IUPD member, who sprayed the front row of a DMX concert at Lambda Chi Alpha with Mace Wednesday night.
The development was first reported by Billboard.com
late yesterday afternoon. The site talked to Indiana University spokesman Larry MacIntyre.
This video still, from WTHR Channel 13 in Indianapolis, shows who sprayed Mace on the crowd at the DMX concert Wednesday.
"I did chat with the campus police, who said that it was not them who disbursed the crowd using pepper spray," spokesman Larry MacIntyre told Billboard.com. "It was a private security firm. Our campus police would not have handled it in that manner. It's been described as a riot, but I think a disturbance would have been a better description."
The Indiana Daily Student confirmed
the report this morning.
According to the IDS, Channel 13, the Indianapolis NBC affiliate, caught the whole thing on tape. The station gave the IUPD the tape yesterday, allowing them to see who actually sprayed the crowd with Mace. That is when the department determined that it was hired security help, not an IUPD officer, who sprayed the crowd.
IUPD Capt. Jerry Minger told the IDS that many people may have thought the security guard was IUPD because he was wearing a similar uniform and a gun belt.
Still, the incident is far from over. According to the IDS, at least several people who were in attendance are considering pressing charges against the offending party. One of them, 23-year-old Billy Bowman, is a quadriplegic.
Bowman was in the front row at the concert, but was not in his electric wheelchair, so he was not able to move himself out of the way of the Mace. His 17-year-old sister, Katie, couldn’t move him in time and both were sprayed in the face.
We will update the story as more becomes available.
To see IUplanet’s other coverage of the DMX incident:
IU students, IUPD clash at DMX concert
DMX disaster, Kappa Sigma expulsions make Little 500 miserable for some frats
Other sites' stories on IU's DMX riot:
Dmx - Riot After Concert
XXLmag.com | Hip-Hop On A Higher Level | Riot Breaks Out During DMX Show at Indiana University
Riot Breaks Out At DMX Show At Indiana University | DMX | News
Disorder breaks out at DMX concert at Lambda Chi Alpha
The Daily Swarm - Front row gets maced at Indiana University fraternity DMX gig...campus police deny spraying...