Renbert Mortimer, The President of The College of The Bahamas Union of Students (COBUS) was arrest recently and charged with;
- Disorderly Conduct
- Assaulting a COB Security Officer
- Two Counts of using abusive behavior against security and police officers
- Assaulting a Police Officer
- And Resisting Arrest
It looks like they tried to charge him with everything that they could. Here’s a clip of the incident taken by a fellow student
Definitely not a good look for the President of COBUS. But while he did carry on bad, was he totally un-justified?
What Led to This Confrontation
The story that I’ve been able to piece together from news reports and social media comments is that
- COBUS’ President had a birthday party planned in the student union building.
- At some point the party seemed to get out of control with several person’s smoking and drinking, which is not allowed on campus.
- COB security officers tried to break up the party, at which point they and Mr. Mortimer got into a verbal confrontation.
- The Security officers then called the police to escort Mr Mortimer.
It is also interesting to note the following
- Mr. Mortimer claimed not to be drunk or high
- There seems to be some sort of history/bad blood between Mr. Mortimer and the Security officers
- Mr. Mortimer claimed that a drunk/high security guard put his hands on him
4 telling Social Media Comments on the incident
“ive wasted 5 years of my life to be a slave to COB” no mattar what the situation is, those are the truest words he could ever say. if you don’t go to COB right now you have no fucking idea how horrific it is to be a part of that institution.
Unfortunately this didn’t have to happen if COBUS had taken action against the security when students were complaining about them in the first place.
I admire the President for standing up for what he believed in, but all in all he was disrespectful to authority. No matter what his reasoning that is not something that should be tolerated.
I am an alumni of COB- and as long as this guy is a part of the student body or the student government, I am embarrassed to be a part of this institution.
My Take on this incident
I am also an alumni of COB and although it was not the best school I am very proud to have had the opportunity to attend. I am also proud of the strides that COB has been making in the last few years.
With that being said, there are obviously some serious issues that need to be addressed by the leadership team at the institution.
To me a University is not just a place where students study for four years than leave. It is where they become socially conscious, aware of their role in society, where they learn to question and challenge their (and our?) assumptions.I don’t think this should be stifled with heavy handedness
While I tend to agree with others that the way in which Mr. Mortimer went about this exercise was not the best way to do it. I feel like there is something else, some kind of deep frustration that boiled to the surface here, assuming of course that he’s not under the influence of anything.
As an aside, I think the most interesting thing that people might over look in this video is the exchange between the officers and the young lady recording the incident.
What is the law in regards to recording police officers? Should they be allowed to confiscate cameras and cell phones etc? I think this is something I need to look into further.
What do you think of this whole incident? Do you think the COBUS President went too far in his protest? Please let me know how you feel in the comments below.