June 17, 2019 | 78° F

Rutgers staffer who put student in headlock will not face charges

University staffer who was caught on video placing a student in a headlock prior to a Board of Governors meeting will not be facing any charges. 

Following the incident, the Rutgers University Police Department conducted an investigation involving interviews with multiple eyewitnesses. 

The student, Patrick Gibson, did not respond to requests from the RUPD or show an interest in participating in the investigation, a University spokesman told NJ Advance Media.

In the incident, which occurred at the school's July 20 meeting on the 2016-2017 tuition increase, Gibson was seen on camera searching for information in one of the binders on the table concerning the tuition hike. A Rutgers staffer warned him not to touch the binders, then proceeded to put Gibson into a headlock.

"How many times do I have to tell you? Three times already, right? At least," the staffer says in the video.

Gibson told The Daily Targum that he was attempting to find out what his tuition would be in the upcoming year.

University spokesperson E.J. Miranda called the incident a misunderstanding between the staffer and the student.

Avalon Zoppo

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