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University Wants State Police to Report Students' Prior Arrests

University Wants State Police to Report Students' Prior Arrests

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, left, and University of Virginia president John D. Casteen field questions at a news conference Tuesday after the two met privately in the Governor's Mansion in Richmond to discuss the recent killing of Virginia student and la

USA Today via YellowBrix

May 12, 2010

CHARLOTTSVILLE, VA – A proposal by the president of the University of Virginia to have police agencies in the state report arrests of college students to their schools could be a key step toward curbing campus violence, says the co-founder of a Chicago-based security-advising firm.

“It’s a good idea to start a dialogue and make sure every stakeholder is at the table — law-enforcement professionals, mental-health professionals and institutions of higher learning,” said Arnette Heintze, who with partner Terry Hillard founded Hillard Heintze strategic security advisers.

In the aftermath of the May 3 death of Virginia lacrosse player Yeardley Love, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell met Tuesday with university president John Casteen and later said he will consult with law-enforcement officials before recommending changes to state law sought by Casteen.

George Huguely, a member of the men’s lacrosse team, was charged with first-degree murder in Love’s death. Huguely in 2008 had been arrested and charged with public drunkenness and resisting arrest and had to be restrained by a Taser after threatening to kill a Lexington, Va., policewoman. The incident took place about 70 miles from Virginia’s campus, and school officials said they were never informed about it before Love died.

Also Tuesday, Huguely’s mother, Marta Murphy, made her first public comment on Love’s death in a written statement:

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Lacrosse player George Huguely is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Yeardley Love. Huguely waived his Miranda rights and told police he shook Love and that her head repeatedly hit the wall. [Charlottsville PD]

“Though my pain is great, it will never come close to the anguish felt by the Love family. … Yeardley was part of our lives. I got to know her as George’s mom. She was a sweet, wonderful young woman with a limitless future. … We also know her mother, Sharon. The pain she and her family are suffering is something that no family should ever have to endure. No parent should have to bury a child.”

Murphy is no longer married to George Huguely IV, the accused’s father.

Casteen and McDonnell acknowledged difficulties with the logistics of a reporting law. McDonnell said he had talked to law-enforcement officials, who asked how they would know if a suspect was a student, what steps they would be required to take to verify information and who they would report it to.

“I think we’ve got some challenges … but I’m committed to the broader goal of (providing) quality information so that a president can best protect his or her campus,” the governor said.

Heintze, a former U.S. Secret Service special agent, said such collaboration on threat assessment is important. “But it has to be fully thought out and funded right,” he said. “And they need to make sure everybody at the table gets their concerns aired.”


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