The year-long dispute over video footage of a confrontation between the student newspaper's photo editor and campus police ended this week.
The public is now able to watch video footage showing an interaction between police officers and a Purdue Exponent photojournalist after the newspaper sued for access to the footage.
The Purdue Exponent filed suit Tuesday against Purdue University for denying access to surveillance video footage that purportedly shows police manhandling a student photojournalist after he tried to report on a fatal shooting on campus.
Purdue University plans to revisit its investigation into police treatment of a student photographer who was detained shortly after a fatal campus shooting, saying it wants to look over information that wasn’t taken into consideration previously.
In a written ruling issued earlier this month, a state public access counselor said Purdue University doesn’t have to release surveillance video footage and other records requested by The Purdue Exponent because of a public-records exemption allowing an agency to withhold “investigatory records.”
An internal investigation into police treatment of a Purdue Exponent photographer found no wrongdoing, but some are questioning the thoroughness of the report.
The Purdue Exponent and the National Press Photographers Association are asking for an investigation into the treatment of a photo editor after police detained him for several hours and took his camera equipment while he was covering a campus shooting last week.
Police detained a Purdue Exponent photo editor for questioning and confiscated his equipment after the student attempted to photograph in an area near the scene of a campus shooting at Purdue University on Tuesday.
The police department at Purdue University wants to strengthen its relationship with the campus newspaper after a recent run-in between an officer and a student journalist.
Every year, many newspaper thieves go unpunished because local and campus authorities cannot locate a suspect, or because they choose not to investigate the incident.