Footage has gone viral of first-year Manchester University student, Zac Adan, being aggressively assaulted by security staff at Fallowfield halls of residence.
After returning from a visit to his local shop on the evening of Saturday 14th November, Adan has claimed that he was accused of “looking like a drug dealer” by security, and was asked to present his ID. Although he had the ID in his hand, staff apparently attempted to snatch the card off him, before he was held up against a wall by the guards. The security guards then claimed that the reason for their unprecedented violence was due to the fact that Adan had covered his face.
My friend got racially profiled in University of Manchester by the campus security. They aggressively grabbed him and put him against a wall saying “he doesn’t look like he’s from here” and that’s there’s been “drug dealing”. Rather than ask him for his student ID- pic.twitter.com/NaQyOMwpgL
— Hope 🇯🇲🇳🇬 (@hopeikpokujnr) November 15, 2020
Adan says he has been left “traumatised” by the incident and has not been able to sleep since it took place. In an interview with BBC, he confirmed that he believes the incident is a result of racial profiling.
“There was no conversation. They just pinned me up against the wall and said I looked like a drug dealer. Why? Because I am black and wearing a hoodie? My parents came from Somalia as refugees and have given up everything for me to be at this institution. I am the first person in my family to go to university, so for me it’s an achievement – but when they hear about things like this happening, my parents are begging me to go back home.”
The university has confirmed that it is investigating this “serious incident” and that they are “deeply concerned” by the footage. They claim to have launched a full investigation, reached out to Adan, and suspended the security guards involved, pending results of the investigation. They have also apologised “for the concern and distress caused”, and stated that “alternative security measures, including additional security patrols are being put in place”. Given the incident arose from said security patrols however, one wonders how much of a good idea this is.
Saturday’s incident follows a string of infamous events at Manchester University, including revelation of appalling conditions students are being kept in at halls of residence, a student rent strike and occupation, and the erection of an £11,000 fence around said halls for “security”.
Pie Radio would like to offer their full solidarity with Zac following this horrendous incident.