SAN MARCOS (KXAN) — Texas State University says a student stealing another’s hat on the campus quad eventually led to four arrests on campus.
The school said students had gathered in anticipation of a planned march by an “outside group.” While the university did not specify what group was expected to show up, it had increased security on campus earlier in the day. The group ended up not showing up.
However, Texas State University Police Chief Laurie Clouse said in a statement, “The incident that led to the arrests began when one student took a hat off another student’s head and fled. Police officers quickly interceded and directed the student to drop the stolen property. The student refused multiple directives and was then detained with the intention of being given a ticket for theft.”
That student was arrested after allegedly providing a false identity to police, Clouse said. Then, she said another student ran to the officers and “began to interfere,” and that person was arrested after Clouse said they didn’t comply with officers’ directions.
Those two students were taken into the police department and other students followed, one of whom was arrested after allegedly interfering. Video from inside the department shows a person being detained and yelling, “I haven’t done anything.”
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A fourth student was arrested outside the police department and was charged with disorderly conduct. Video from outside the department showed students confronting police and at least one student implored others to step away from officers.
“They’re gonna keep arresting people — you gotta scoot back,” she can be heard saying in the video.
The students who were arrested were taken to the Hays County Jail and face various charges, according to the police chief.
Clouse said an investigation is ongoing and the police department will conduct a review of officers’ actions and where improvements can be made. She added that the initial review of the situation showed the officers involved “acted appropriately with the goal of preventing further escalation.”
“When a theft occurred in plain view, they were right to act,” Clouse wrote. “I understand it’s difficult to watch the arrests on social media, however, the officers were there to protect all of our students. We expect our students to obey the law.”
The identities of the students who were arrested have not been released.