LEXINGTON, Ky.- A University of Kentucky student was arrested Sunday and a video has surfaced of the student using racist remarks during a confrontation with a desk clerk on campus, the school’s president said in a statement:.
Sophia Rosing, 22, is charged with public intoxication, disorderly conduct, assault and assault on a police officer. The Fayette County prison website lists the student as Jane Doe, but university spokesman Jay Blanton confirmed that Rosing is the student in the videos who was arrested.
In Kentucky, assaulting a police officer is a crime. The other charges are misdemeanors.
The University of Kentucky Police Department released the citation from the incident Monday morning. The officer said Rosing, who is from Fort Mitchell, Ky. came, was in Boyd Hall and was “very drunk”.
The arresting officer reported that Rosing sat in a corner repeating a racist insult to “a group of black women” and continued to use the word as the officer removed her from the area.
The officer wrote that Rosing said she has “a lot of money” and is getting “special treatment”.
“When I told her to sit back in the chair, she kicked me and bit my hand,” the officer said. The report states that Rosing had no ID on him and, at least for a time, refused to identify himself.
Boyd Hall receptionist Kylah Spring said in a video posted in a report by Kentucky Kernel, a student publication, that the meeting happened just after 1 a.m. in the dorm lobby. She said the student did not appear to be a resident, stumbling into the lobby and talking to an elevator.
Spring said the school’s policy is for desk clerks to call a local counselor if they encounter students who are “very drunk.”
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Spring said the student, whom she does not name, assaulted her and used racist comments.
Videos posted online show the woman struggling with the receptionist and later with the police. Video also repeatedly captures her with racist comments.
“According to my view of a video of the incident, the student worker acted with professionalism, restraint and discretion,” British President Eli Capilouto said in a statement. “We condemn this behavior and will not tolerate it under any circumstances.”
He said the video reflects violence and a denial of humanity from members of the community. The university is investigating the incident, he said.
“Let’s take this moment, as painful and ugly as it may be, to remind ourselves of the work we need to continue to do as a community as a community where everyone is welcome and feels included,” Capilouto said. .
The Fayette County Jail says Rosing’s bail is set at $10,000. Monday at 10 a.m., the prison was still including her in the current population.
On Tuesday morning, prison records show, she was out on bail.