Students at the University of the Incarnate Word are growing increasingly angry at school administrators who they say are attempting to paint fellow student Cam Redus as a 'monster,' 1200 WOAI news reports.
"The story makes no sense," Student Body President Jonathan Guajardo told 1200 WOAI's Michael Board. "The release by the university doesn't seem to fit at all."
UIW said Monday that Redus, an honor student who was set to graduate this coming spring, stripped a university police officer of his baton and was hitting him with it when the officer shot Redus to death during a still controversial traffic stop on Friday.
But Guajardo says students are upset with that characterization of Redus.
"Cameron was not an aggressive person at all," student Miriam Thomas told 1200 WOAI news. "In a way, I feel that painting him as the aggressor is almost a cover up for a serious lack of training."
Thomas, who says she was a personal friend of Redus' says the officer used excessive force.
Guajardo says Redus was half the size of the officer, Cpl Chris Carter, who is on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. He says it is obvious that Redus posed no physical threat to Carter, despite the claims of the officer.
UIW also said in a statement that Carter bungled the address he gave Alamo Heights Police in his call for backup, prompting the call to be relayed to San Antonio Police and delaying the response of officers who could have defused the situation.
Dashcam video was apparently not available to investigators, but an audio recording caught on a lapel mic gave new details to the struggle that started when Cpl. Chris Carter pulled Redus over in the early hours of December 6th.
"Officer Carter instructed Robert Redus 14 times to place his hands behind his back and informed him three times that he was under arrest," Alamo Heights Police Chief Pruitt says. "and to stop resisting 56 times."