Col Kizza Besigye’s son, Anselm Kizza-Besigye, together with other law students at the famed Harvard University in the US, were through last weekend engaged in protest activities following a violent arrest by Cambridge Police of one of their colleagues.
The black college student was arrested Friday night after a physical confrontation with Police for charges including indecent exposure, disorderly conduct, assault, and resisting arrest.
He was allegedly found standing naked at traffic island in the middle of Mass. Ave., around 9:09 p.m.
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.
“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,” Anselm 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 Mayor of Cambridge Marc C. McGovern has since described the footage of the arrest as disturbing.
“We have high standards for our police officers in Cambridge, said the Mayor in a statement”
“When confrontations cannot be averted and include the use of physical force, we must be willing to review our actions to ensure that our police officers are providing the highest level of safety for all,” he wrote.
Anselm Besigye is a freshman at Harvard which he joined last year, together with Barack Obama’s daughter Malia.
Incidentally, on the day he arrived at the Campus, his mother Winnie Byanyima expressed fear that he could a victim of the “hate and bigotry” there.