On May 21, University of Maryland Police arrested two people and used pepper spray to break up a graduation party at Courtyards, prompting a formal investigation into whether this use of force was justified, according to a University Police release from later that day.
The investigation was expected to take up to 30 days, University Police spokeswoman Sgt. Rosanne Hoaas wrote in an email on June 1. Despite this initial estimate, the investigation is ongoing.
“The investigation is still underway,” Hoaas wrote in an email Wednesday. She did not comment on why the investigation’s duration has surpassed the previous 30-day time frame.
University Police will provide more information when the investigation is complete, Hoaas said.
Student Government Association President Katherine Swanson spoke with University Police Chief David Mitchell via email on June 13, she said. Mitchell said he was still waiting to hear statements from students.
“I don’t think [University Police are] purposely trying to hide anything,” Swanson said. “I think they’re trying to do a thorough investigation, but I am a little worried about how long it’s taking.”