Campus police resign after pepper spraying Xavier University students

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Xavier University students were left searching for answers Monday night after they say campus police pepper sprayed them and locked them in a cafeteria.

According to several students, the incident occurred on December 3, 2018 after a midnight breakfast on campus.

We’re told students were petrified when they realized they were being barricaded by campus police and told they would not be allowed to leave until they cleaned up their mess.

Since this incident, Xavier University officials released the following statement Wednesday to announce that the two officers involved have resigned:

Following an incident that took place Monday night at Xavier University of Louisiana, two officers involved have been permanently relieved of their duties and removed from campus., and Director of Public Safety, Jacques S. Battiste, has submitted his resignation.”

“I am deeply disturbed by these events. This behavior does not reflect the core values of our university and are unacceptable,” said Dr. Reynold Verret, President of Xavier University.

“The well-being and safety of every Xavier University student is of paramount importance, and we will ensure that we hold ourselves and each other accountable for any action that violates that commitment or does not abide with our mission.”

We’re told current Vice President of Student Affairs, Curtis Wright, will serve as interim director of Public Safety while the school searches for a replacement to fill this position.

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