Forum for Democratic Change’s strongman Kizza Besigye’s son, Anselm Kizza-Besigye, was last week among the organizers of fellow students to protest following the Forcible Arrest of black Harvard undergraduate.
Cambridge Police Department officers arrested a Harvard undergraduate Friday night after a physical encounter with law enforcement on charges including indecent exposure, disorderly conduct, and assault.
A video tape of the arrest shows three police officers repeatedly punching him. The arrest angered the student members of the Harvard Black Law Students Association (BLSA), who called the arrest “an incident of police brutality” and later drafted a statement refuting Cambridge Police Department’s version of events.
Anselm Kizza-Besigye while speaking to the campus based publication, the Fifteen Minutes Magazine, said he is organizing undergraduate student’s collective response to the arrest.
The 19 year old was part of the meeting of BLSA students on Saturday, which was one of many of others that were organized to protest the event.
Anselm, who also writes for this campus Magazine, said he thinks the University should have done more to protect the student involved in the incident.
Anselm Kizza-Besigye who said he is helping organize undergraduates’ collective response to the arrest, said after the BLSA event he thinks the University should have done more to protect the student involved in the incident.
“As I’ve learned more about what’s happened, it’s just become more obvious to me that there is an acute and systematic failure on almost every level of administration to secure black lives on this campus,” he said.
“When we talk about how the Cambridge Police Department responded to a medical emergency on a campus, that is absurd and it’s indicative of a much larger issue in which people don’t understand the implications of calling the Cambridge Police in a non-threatening situation.” The Harvard Crimson reported.
Kizza-Besigye said undergraduates will continue meeting and planning a response to the arrest in the days to come and that College students will collaborate with BLSA as part of these efforts.
“Black students on this campus are organizing,” he said. “I don’t know specifically what next steps are because we need to think about respecting the victim of this action, but we’re absolutely not going to let this happen idly and we’re going to keep organizing such that Harvard has to hold itself accountable for systematic failures.”
“Our primary focus in terms of next steps is to ensure that the victim of this action receives every resource that Harvard has to offer,” he added.