ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Some are calling it assault. Others say security was just enforcing the rules.
An incident last week at Central New Mexico Community College is under review after students say security officers were aggressive while detaining a student violating the skateboarding policy.
CNM’s chief of security is now looking into what happened after a witness says he saw a security officer throw a student's skateboard on the ground before pushing and grabbing the student.
That is when the witness pulled his cell phone out and started rolling.
Immanuel Colbert said he had just parked his car in the lot south of Ken Chappy Hall on Sept. 11 when he walked into an altercation between a student and a security officer.
He took cell phone video, which shows an officer restraining the student in a choke hold, and Colbert says what another officer did before that was aggressive and unnecessary.
“He grabbed the student's skateboard and slammed it to the ground and was like, ‘Now I'm going to have to arrest you.’" Colbert said. "From then on, he proceeded to push the kid and then grabbed him ultimately and slammed him to the ground."
CNM Spokesman Brad Moore says security officers were helping a woman who'd fallen when the student skated by in an area he wasn't supposed to almost running into her. The student then ignored a warning to get off.
CNM said it has to be strict with its skateboard policy in high-traffic areas.
In a statement CNM said, "If the situation presents a potential threat to the safety of others and the violator ignores verbal requests from security, security officers may pursue, and if necessary, restrain an individual that refuses to comply."
But Colbert says the student was not a threat.
“Is it really necessary to assault students going to school for not stopping at a drop-off zone?” Colbert said. “And would you expect a security guard to throw your bike and then abuse you because you didn't stop in the drop-off zone?"
CNM said the student was detained and then released.
Colbert has been in contact with the student and said the student is not sure if he'll be pressing charges.
CNM said its chief of security is reviewing what happened to see if the officers followed standard procedure and could have a report completed by next week.
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