UIW administrators hit with questions, criticism during student forum

UIW administrators hit with questions, criticism during student forum

UIW administrators hit with questions, criticism during student forum

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by Dillon Collier / KENS 5

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Posted on March 5, 2014 at 5:43 PM

SAN ANTONIO -- Three months after a University of the Incarnate Word police officer shot and killed a popular student off campus, anger remains a common sentiment among some students on campus.

Dozens of students gathered inside UIW's library auditorium Wednesday, hoping to question school administrators about the death of senior Cameron Redus and what types of changes will be made to the police department.

Redus was shot and killed December 6 by UIW Police Corporal Christopher Carter, who was on-duty but off-campus when he told investigators he saw Redus driving erratically on Broadway.

Carter said Redus became combative after pulling over and he was forced to shoot him five times at close range following a six-minute physical confrontation.

Investigators have said an audio recording from Carter's lapel microphone backs up the officer's claims.

Investigators have not released that audio to the media.

"It was shown clear the administration was not properly prepared or willing to make comments about the questions we were making today," said senior Sara Ghannam, a close friend of Redus.

Ghannam said her frustration stemmed from several sources: UIW Police Chief Jacob Colunga's absence from today's hour-long forum and Chancellor Denise Doyle's introduction, which focused mainly on construction projects and made no mention of Redus.

UIW President Dr. Lou Agnese is on a six-month sabbatical, which left the Chancellor and Vice-President of Business and Finance Doug Endsley to field a majority of the questions.

Several administrators who attended Wednesday's forum ended up not speaking after introducing themselves.

"I look at it as a campus that is unable to deal with situations that define them. An organization or anything is defined by their toughest moments. This is their toughest moment. What are they doing to fix it?" said Ghannam.

Much of the criticism focused Corporal Chris Carter's physical fitness and why he was not carrying pepper spray or a TASER the night of the shooting.

Students asked 22 questions during Wednesday's open forum: two questions pertained to parking on campus, the other 20 focused on Redus.

"Morale of campus has completely diminished. What we used to think of UIW, we used to be proud to come here," added Ghannam.

Last month the Bexar County District Attorney blocked the release of Redus' autopsy and toxicology.

He was scheduled to graduate with honors May 10.

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