In two separate incidents over the last six weeks, two Harvard University undergraduates -- both Asian American students -- were arrested and charged with assault and battery on a Harvard University Police Department officers, among other charges.
Two Harvard Students Arrested, Charged with Assault and Battery on a HUPD Officer in Unrelated Incidents.
Last month, Benjamin Y. Zhou was arrest and charged with assault and battery on an officer, disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest. On October 26, freshman Jack Z. Li was arrested on charges of assault and battery on an officer, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and assault with a dangerous weapon.
Zhou's arrest apparently got set off when police responded to a noise complaint:
According to the police report submitted by HUPD Officer Michael Rea, Rea and his partner Officer Jason Flaherty encountered Zhou while responding to a noise complaint at Winthrop at about 2 a.m. Rea's report states that after Zhou refused to cooperate with several of the officers' requests, Zhou assaulted the officers while attempting to flee. It eventually took the assistance of another officer to subdue Zhou and transport him to HUPD's headquarters, according to Rea's report. In the process, Zhou's chin was lacerated and his elbow abraded, according to a separate report filed by Sergeant Scott A. Simas.Li reportedly got unruly outside a Halloween party, and even tried to grab a cop's gun from its holster:
According to a police report submitted by HUPD Officer Wilmon Chipman, Chipman ordered Li to step out of the line outside the entrance of the Heaven and Hell party while responding to a complaint from a Securitas officer about Li's behavior. Chipman's report said Chipman smelled alcohol on Li's breath. After Li refused to cooperate with several of Chipman's instructions, Chipman was joined by HUPD officer Charles Marren and then warned Li that he was in danger of being arrested, according to Chipman's report. Li then assaulted Marren, striking him several times and attempting to grab Marren's gun from its holster, according to a separate report filed by Marren.Daaang. Harvard kids getting into some trouble tusslin' with cops! But is it weird that my first thought after reading about these guys' arrests was what did their parents think?
According to Marren's report, Li was subsequently subdued, handcuffed, and transported to the Cambridge Police Department headquarters. Once there, he was charged and given a verbal trespass warning for all Harvard-owned and -operated buildings and instructed not to return to campus, according to Marren's report. Li left campus on Oct. 29, his roommate Nicholas A. Tarantino '17 said in a phone interview.