After three hours of barricading Ms. Wheeler in her apartment, the officers handcuffed Ms. Wheeler, forcibly carried her out of her apartment, and involuntarily committed her to a hospital where she was held for six days.After her release, American University would not allow her to return to campus for a month, and placed her on interim suspension for the alleged assault, for which she has since been cleared of all charges.
“Ms. Wheeler was a 21 year-old woman who weighed 114 pounds, yet seven police officers showed up and spent hours physically detaining her against her will. The intimidation of Black people by law enforcement has traumatic, and deadly, consequences that we have seen play out across the country. The fact that AU cleared her of all charges raises the question of why this Black student with disabilities was targeted, and why her treatment was so severe.” – Kaitlin Banner, Deputy Legal Director
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