The group took the time to voice demands, addressing both the university and the police department:

For Harvard University, HUHS, and HUPD:

We demand that Harvard University create an internal crisis response team to support students, faculty, and staff that does not involve CPD.

We likewise will require support from the school, fellow students and our instructors to put pressure on the CPD for the following.

For the CPD:

We demand that the officers who assaulted this man while he was naked, fully subdued and bleeding on the ground be investigated and held accountable.

Additionally, we demand that CPD respect the rights of civilians recording police conduct. The CPD policy recognizes that ‘individuals have the right under the First Amendment to openly record police activity in public in a peaceful manner’ and that ‘[o]fficers shall not under any circumstances threaten, intimidate or otherwise discourage an individual from recording police officer enforcement of activities or operations, or intentionally block or obstruct cameras or recording devices . . . .’ It was clear to our Harvard BLSA members that CPD officers were not following these procedures. But for our members’ persistence in defying police attempts to obstruct videotaping this incident, there would be no record.


Ohene is still in the hospital, the Times notes, and actually remains under police watch. He is facing charges of indecent exposure, disorderly conduct, assault, resisting arrest, and assault and battery on ambulance personnel. However, he is still undergoing mental health examinations and has not yet been arraigned.

University President Drew Faust called the incident “profoundly disturbing,” especially given “the backdrop of increasingly urgent questions about race and policing in the United States.”


Cambridge Mayor Marc C. McGovern echoed the sentiments, calling the video “disturbing.”

Meanwhile, Cambridge Police Commissioner Branville G. Bard Jr., on the other hand, said at a news conference that he supported the arresting officers, noting that even though an investigation has been launched, he has not placed them on administrative leave.


Bard said that the results of the investigation would be released to the public as soon as it was finished.