Akom Case Still Not Resolved
Campus still waits for Akom commission report
February 14, 2006 11:51 AM
Supporters of an Africana studies professor, charged for battering a police officer and resisting arrest last year, are frustrated that the independent commission investigating the incident has not concluded its report.
They say the possible racial profiling episode involving professor Antwi Akom and campus police is not a priority to university administrators.
“They are just waiting for it to be swept under the rug,” said Jeannine Villasenor, 24, who moderates “Justice4Akom,” a Web site launched on Feb. 6. “I don’t think they really want to address the issue.”
Villasenor said more than 1,200 people have signed online petitions requesting that charges against Akom be dropped.
On Oct. 25, Akom was arrested by university police after retrieving a book from his office at 11 p.m. A scuffle broke out and an officer was injured, police said.
A week later, President Robert Corrigan appointed former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown and former City Attorney Louise Renne to examine the case. Brown was unavailable for comment.
University spokeswoman Ellen Griffin said the administration did not fix a deadline for the report, as it wants to give the commission enough time to conduct a thorough investigation.
Faculty members, who were interviewed by the commission, said they are not sure when the report would be launched.
“Knowing how long these processes could take, this is not unusual,” said Kenneth Monteiro, dean of the College of Ethnic Studies.
Associated Students Inc. President Christopher Jackson said he is upset that the administration was not updating students about the commission’s findings.
“There’s been a lot of closed-door meetings and backroom deals that students have not been notified about,” said Jackson, 22.
He also said the delayed report was costing students and taxpayers money.
“People are still thinking about it and caring about the outcome,” he said. “People are being patient, but they are still interested.”
Akom’s next hearing is on Feb. 22, 2006.
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