Campus police officers assaulted

Two police officers detain students resisting arrest

By Cody McFarland, associate editor

A traffic stop on campus resulted in the arrest of a student for battery on a police officer on Oct. 1.

One week later, that charge found its way into Police Services’ paperwork again after a student refusing to leave the Student Services Center had to be removed by force by two officers.

“Everybody came out unscathed,” Polices Services Lt. Jose Oliveira said. “Now everyone has to face their consequences, and the academic consequences as well.”

On Oct. 1, following multiple reports of someone driving recklessly on campus, it was observed by Officer Tim Thomas that an adult male was driving in excess of the speed limit along Library Drive near the Bookstore, and engaging in reckless activity commonly known as “peeling out,” Oliveira said.

The suspect was stopped by Thomas in Lot 10 and it was determined that the driver of the vehicle, a student of Contra Costa College, was driving on a suspended license, Oliveira said.

Prior to the student’s arrest, Thomas read him his rights and informed him that his vehicle would be towed and stored. The student struck Thomas, who immediately summoned aid from the San Pablo Police Department and Police Services, Oliveira said.

Rushing from the nearby Police Services Building, Oliveira said in under a minute of his arrival the accused was subdued and under arrest by Thomas.

The accused was then sent to the hospital to be checked for injuries, of which there were determined to be none caused by the incident, before he was sent to West County Detention Facility in Richmond, Oliveira said.

Exactly one week later on Oct. 8, charges for violation of California Penal Code Section 243 (b) battery on a police officer were filed against another adult male student, among other charges.

This occurred, Oliveira said, following multiple reports from students and college employees of a disturbance at the Financial Aid Desk in the SSC.

“Cpl. Charles Hankins arrived to escort the student out of the building and the suspect physically resisted, resulting in him being taken into custody,” Oliveira said.

Thomas was called to the scene to assist Hankins in the student’s escort out of the SSC.

Oliveira said the student was acting disruptively due to “a frustration with the process” of financial aid.

As of press time Tuesday, Financial Aid Supervisor Monica Rodriguez had been repeatedly unavailable for comment and had not replied to a message left on her office answering machine by The Advocate.

Until the police reports are finalized, Thomas and Hankins are not at liberty to discuss the details of the two cases. As lieutenant, Oliveira was able to provide the basic details surrounding these two events.

In the Student Code of Conduct section in the CCC Course Catalog, 26 Grounds for Disciplinary Action are listed and detailed. Types of disciplinary action include warning, restitution, projects and assignments, disciplinary probation, loss of privileges, removal, suspension, expulsion and, in extreme circumstances, revocation of degree or certification.

Expulsions and revocations are handled by the district Governing Board.

Disciplinary action for the two students has not yet been determined and falls under the jurisdiction of Dean of Student Services Vicki Ferguson.

Ferguson said it is her job to review the Student Code of Conduct with students in need of disciplinary action to determine the nature of their violation or violations and then help those students address such areas that need correcting.

“A lot of the time, the students I have coming in here for disciplinary action were already having a bad day before class,” Ferguson said. “Your code of conduct here is paramount to you being successful in college.”