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MSU Police needs to do better

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Imagine that you are on campus walking to the student center to meet up with some friends before going to class. On your way to the student center, you witness cops putting a student in handcuffs in the back of a squad car. You are confused and wondering what exactly could have caused this predicament to happen on campus. But the cops seem to have the situation under control, so you go on about your business. This is a situation many faced on March 4, and there is a huge problem with it.

I believe that the University must take all precautions to make students aware if such a situation occurs on our campus as soon as possible. This situation ended in a way that was peaceful. But, it is entirely unacceptable that the university did not alert students until almost 24 hours later that such a situation took place on our campus. Chief of Police, Patrick Coggins said that he felt it was unnecessary to send out an alert to students and personnel on campus because it was determined to not be threatening.

However, I disagree with his decision. There is no telling how this situation or any other situation of this demeanor will end in the future. It is a shame that Mr. Coggins does not feel the need to keep students informed on such atypical events, such as the arrest of suspicious individuals on campus. In the future I hope the campus Police Department and the University is as proactive in letting students know about situations on campus as I am proactive in making sure my tuition is taken care of.

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Christian Evans is a Respiratory Care Major who will graduate in 2020. He was born in Brooklyn, New York, and raised a majority of his life in Houston,...

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  1. Jon Hooper on March 15th, 2019 8:53 am

    I graduated from MSU and I have been in law enforcement since 1987 so my perspective is much different than yours . My two sons are attending MSU at this time. At no time did this incident raise concerns for me. It was a simple incident of a student carrying a holstered firearm in what he thought was an unrestricted area. This was not an active shooter event nor was the campus at risk. Chief Coggins has an infinite amount of law enforcement experience and dealt with this matter in a swift and decisive manner. Instead of complaining you should be thanking the members of the MSU Police Department for taking the risks to keep the wolves away.

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