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Controversial arrest of UCSB student caught on video

UC Police detain skateboarder on campus

Controversial arrest caught on camera

UC Santa Barbara, Calif. - Video of a controversial arrest on the campus of UC Santa Barbara is making the rounds on the internet.

The video, posted on YouTube, shows two UC Police officers arresting student Erin Morgan on February 27.

She was booked on charges of resisting arrest and misdemeanor battery on a peace officer.

Morgan posted $2,500 bail on the day of her arrest.

It is unclear what led up to the incident, but there are reports Morgan was skateboarding in a prohibited area.

NewsChannel 3 made multiple attempts to contact UC Police, but calls and emails were not returned.

UC Santa Barbara officials released the following statement:

"We cannot comment on a pending criminal case, but unlawful skateboard use is a significant health and safety issue on our campus. Student Health Services reports that every year more than 100 people are treated for injuries related to skateboard activity. The campus community has expressed concerns regarding illegal and unsafe skateboard use. Community Service Officers and posted signs are made visible to serve as a reminder that riding skateboards is unlawful in certain campus locations.

In addition to enforcement efforts, the UCSB Police Department provides a court-diversion program for skateboarders in violation of campus regulations. The $35 program fee is significantly less than the court fees and fines consequent to skateboard violations.

As happens with all incidents that involve any type of force, this matter is being thoroughly investigated and reviewed. Questions or concerns about police officer conduct can be directed to https://www.police.ucsb.edu/contact-us/employee-commendation-complaint-process.

Details of UCSB's bicycle and skateboard rules and regulations can be found at https://www.police.ucsb.edu/resources/bikeskateboard-rules-and-regulations.

All students are responsible for upholding the Student Conduct Code and Campus Regulations, which can be found at http://judicialaffairs.sa.ucsb.edu."

 


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