SPECIAL SERIES : Campus Controversy: Black Studies Professor Arrested
Akom Arrest Investigation Begins
November 9, 2005 3:04 PM
The independent investigation into the arrest of Africana Studies Professor Antwi Akom is underway and will likely be complete by Nov. 20, according to SF State officials.
Within a week of the arrest, SF State President Robert Corrigan appointed former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown and former City Attorney Louise H. Renne to investigate the incident.
Akom returned to campus around 11 p.m. on Oct. 25 to get a textbook he needed for class the next day. Adelberto Guevara, a Wackenhut security guard, called his supervisor to report that a “tall black male with a dreadlock hairstyle” had refused to show him identification, according to a police report filed by SF State police.
Guevara told police that he saw Akom walking briskly towards the Ethnic Studies and Psychology building and asked him “Excuse me, do you work here?” Akom replied, “Yeah I work here,” and then walked to his office on the second floor, according to the report.
Officer Brandon Rodgers was the first of three SF State officers to respond and confront Akom. Rodgers and Guevara searched room-to-room looking for Akom, and a physical altercation ensued after they saw him on the second floor, the report states. Akom was arrested and charged with felony assault on a police officer and resisting arrest, which were later reduced to misdemeanor charges by a Superior Court judge.
Corrigan said the review team was gathered in an effort to “restore a sense of community and trust,” and to serve as the “beginning of a healing process” at SF State.
“The review team is analyzing the situation and helping everyone to discover what happened that night, and their findings will be given to the president,” Griffin said.
“They will explore the full context of the situation, which can include issues such as racial tensions and racial profiling,” Griffin said.
Corrigan told a student gathering last week that the report, which is separate from any criminal investigation, is expected within the next ten days and will be made available to the public after he reviews it.
Akom returned to class Nov. 3 to find many supportive students and faculty. Many wore orange armbands signifying their support of Akom and opposition to racial profiling.
Campus police initially told Akom that, due to campus regulations, he would be barred from the campus for 14 days, but the order was later rescinded.
Akom was not able to comment by [X]press deadline.
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