Incident involving pepper spray at UNC Pembroke tailgate under investigation

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PEMBROKE, NC (WBTW) – An incident involving pepper spray at a UNC Pembroke tailgate is under investigation.

According to a letter sent out from the chancellor, the officer involved will be placed on investigatory leave. In the letter, Dr. Robin Gary Cummings, chancellor, wrote:


I want to make you aware of an incident that occurred this afternoon during our Homecoming celebrations before our game against Mars Hill University. At the conclusion of the tailgate, an officer dispersed pepper spray in an area where game attendees, including alumni and students, were gathered.

We immediately began a thorough investigation that remains underway. Individuals at the scene are being asked to provide statements. The officer involved will be placed on investigatory leave. More information and my response will be available once this investigation has been completed.

This is an unfortunate occurrence that comes as we finish a week of celebrating our beloved university. I want to assure you the security of our campus community, especially our students, is my top priority, a responsibility taken very seriously. We are proud UNC Pembroke is one of the safest campuses in the state and will do all we can to ensure our students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members have confidence in their personal safety and our commitment to their dignity while on campus. We have a common bond. That bond will not be broken but strengthened as we learn how better to live as BraveNation. 

Jodi W. Phelps, UNCP’s Interim Vice Chancellor for Advancement and Chief Communications and Marketing Officer, released the following statement to News13 on Monday:

An incident is currently under investigation involving pepper spray at the conclusion of tailgate activities this weekend. Once investigation is complete, additional response will be available.

Count on News13 for updates.


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