Police Video: Black Collegians Threatened Fraternity

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David Krayden Ottawa Bureau Chief
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Police body camera footage sheds more light on a toxic incident that occurred between a University of Missouri student organization and a local fraternity. 

First reported by local media last week, the video depicts members of the Legion of Black Collegians (LBC) taunting and insulting  members of the Delta Upsilon fraternity.


The footage captures a highly graphic altercation between black students and white fraternity members on Sept. 27 with the Black Collegians repeatedly swearing at and threatening the white fraternity members.

Events began to unfold, according to LBC members, when a drunken woman shouted the N-word at them and several frat members proceeded to open their dorm windows, play rap music and “provoke” the black students.

Police officers were soon on-scene to quell the disturbance and had their body cameras recording. Though the LBC claimed the frat members used racist language, the video does not indicate that. However, it does show the black students threatening the fraternity.

In one segment a black student warns an unnamed target, “I’m not being peaceful no more. I’m not going to sit here and cry. …. I’m going to beat your ass. It’s not going to help, but I’m going to feel a whole lot better while I’m smacking the fuck out of some ignorant white boy.”  While another black student makes a more general condemnation: “Fuck America. Fuck this broken-ass country.”

According to initial police reports, investigating officers reported hearing black students using racially-charged language, referring to white students as “fucking cracker” and “fucking redneck.”

“While trying to keep the [fraternity members and black students] apart, people inside the Delta Upsilon house began shouting out of the windows, which further angered several people in the crowd,” wrote officer Jacob Clifford in a police report obtained by Heat Street.

The university has steadfastly praised the efforts of the LBC.  “The university is very proud of how the community responded to this incident as the Legion of Black Collegians led an effort to bring the groups together and build a stronger Mizzou community. Since the incident in September, our students, administrative and staff leaders have met to discuss the incident and how we can improve relationships throughout our campus,” reads an official statement from the university.

The LBC was founded in 1968 at the university and issued a series of demands the following year that included recruiting more black students and hiring more black professors and service staff.

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