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Meet The USC Students Arrested At Friday's Party

Jeremy Fuster, Paresh Dave, Aaron Liu |
May 6, 2013 | 2:31 p.m. PDT


(Jeremy Fuster/Neon Tommy)
(Jeremy Fuster/Neon Tommy)
Roused by what they said was an excessive police reaction to a loud student party last week, about 80 USC students gathered around Tommy Trojan on Monday to tell their stories of being profiled by the police.

African-American students said authorities have been extra vigilant in dealing with them since a shooting last Halloween. In that case, a young black male not associated with USC has entered a not guilty plea. After the shooting, heightened security measures were put in place by the university, including increased L.A. Police Department patrols. In recent weeks, the students have said those officers have been shutting down parties hosted by black students while ignoring similarly loud parties hosted by students from other communities.

Other students also shared stories of profiling by USC security officers and other experiences of discrimination in addition to the accused racial profiling by LAPD officers.

Among the group of students demonstrating Monday were six students who were arrested early Saturday morning and are facing criminal charges. USC administrators said they are working with the students and the police department to investigate the incident and the students' claims.

According to L.A. County Sheriff's Department booking records, the arrested included:

19-year-old Christian Sutton, on $25,000 bail, for a felony. The L.A. Times reported that the felony charge was interfering with police work. Sutton was listed as a walk-on football player at USC in spring 2012.

21-year-old Frances Wang, on $5,000 bail, for a misdemeanor.

19-year-old Teremy Jackson, on $5,000 bail, for a misdemeanor.

20-year-old Rayven Vinson, on $5,000 bail, for a misdemeanor.

22-year-old Debbie Rumbo, on $5,000 bail, for a misdemeanor.

20-year-old Ola Bayode, on $10,000 bail, for a misdemeanor.

The L.A. Times reported that four of the misdemeanor arrests related to charges of suspicion of failing to disperse. The other individual is facing a misdemeanor charge of suspicion of interference.

All have a court date of May 30.

Four of the eight students known to have either been detained or arrested agreed to tell us more about themselves. Their stories are below.

Senior Nate Howard

Sophomore Teremy Jackson

Junior Rayven Vinson

Anthony Stewart (Santa Monica College student)


Reach the reporting team here.

Editor's Note: Article updated after publication to note additional information from the L.A. County Sheriff's Department and the Los Angeles Times.


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http://www.tjwine.cn/bbs/home.php?mod=space&uid=386718 (not verified) on September 21, 2013 5:55 AM

Meet The USC Students Arrested At Friday's Party | Neon Tommy

Anonymous (not verified) on May 8, 2013 7:27 PM

Neon Tommy, I despise the way you all report news- particularly that which involves the African American community at USC. You were insensitive with your reporting during the Halloween shooting, and your same tactics have carried on here. I wish USC would shut this site down! This article adds absolutely NOTHING to the key issue at hand! All you attempted to do was draw parallels between this incident and that which happened in October of last year. PLEASE JUST STOP!!! All this article did was try to indirectly criminalize these students.. Pointless article.. please take it down.. Pointless service.. please SHUT IT DOWN!

Anonymous (not verified) on May 10, 2013 3:40 PM

Can you explain how this reporting and previous reporting was insensitive instead of making rash accusation and unrealistic proposals of shutting the site down?

Anonymous (not verified) on May 6, 2013 8:26 PM

This article is pointless. Racial profiling is one thing. Biographies of the victims of an alleged case of profiling don't add anything to the equality argument.

friarfool on May 6, 2013 10:51 PM

How can you make any argument or have any discussion about people without knowing who the people are? Understanding who I person is the first step in realizing we're all the same at heart.

Dj Klepto (not verified) on May 6, 2013 7:32 PM


Anonymous (not verified) on May 6, 2013 6:28 PM

Thanks for this important piece. Just to note, in the areal photos of the protest, you can't count at least 100 students participating, and I would guess that at the its height, the protest had 150+ people.

Teremy Jackson (not verified) on May 6, 2013 5:32 PM

With everything going on I forgot to mention that I am also a Rural Medical Health Scholar and Rural Minirity Health Scholar at the University of Alabama, GED tutor back home, and involved in the Hale County Youth Project that my senior class established prior to graduating from high school.