Late Saturday night, at an on-campus Travis Porter concert hosted by the Pomona Events Committee—a part of Pomona College’s student government—two Pomona students were handcuffed by campus security after allegedly punching campus security officers. However, after the incident, the event was shut down by campus security for students trying to enter.
The event, which consisted of both student artists and hip-hop trio Travis Porter, was organized by the Associated Students of Pomona College’s (ASPC) events subcommittee. According to the event description on Facebook, the organizers call Pomona College students, and those attending other institutions of the Claremont Colleges Consortium—including Harvey Mudd, Claremont McKenna, Pitzer, and Scripps Colleges—to “[j]oin us for a crazy night and see TRAVIS PORTER perform LIVE!! On Saturday October 5th at 9:30pm, prepare yourself for some amazing student artist performances, with Travis Porter coming on at 11:30pm to close the night! Open to all 5C’s [Claremont Colleges]!!! We will have KEGS for any students that are 21+ with a valid ID!!”
Because the event was terminated for those not already in attendance shortly after the arrival of Travis Porter, students trying to enter were not treated to the hip-hop artist’s set, with students barred from entering.
According to a campus safety officer, one of the students “punched” another campus safety officer, and was subsequently handcuffed. It is unclear why the second student was handcuffed.
The student who struck at the campus safety officer was later handed over to the Claremont Police Department. According to photographic evidence, both students were kept on the ground while in handcuffs.
Note: All facial features have been blurred to protect individual privacy
This incident is not the first time the Claremont College’s Campus Security has been involved in physical confrontation with students; last year, during the “Yule Ball” at Pomona College, campus security physically confronted students trying to enter an overcrowded venue.
Campus safety at the Claremont Colleges started wearing body cameras since August 1, prompting condemnation from student groups.
This story is developing and will be updated as more information becomes available.
Update: This article has been updated to specify that two students were involved.
Correction: This article has been corrected to specify that the event was only ended for students not already in attendance at the time of the incident.