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Students: AAPD lost evidence

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when interviewed by a Daily
reporter last night, stating that he
was unaware one had been turned
over to police or which police offi-
cer would have taken it.
Ward said he believes the
AAPD has "made a mess" of the
incident.
"I don't know what other steps
the police took that night, but if
the memory card is indicative of
anything, I don't think they went
very far with it," Ward said.
Lance said he was unable to
confirm if AAPD is currently
" investigating the Oct. 31 inci-
dent, indicating that investiga-
tion of any incident is the victim's
choice.
"It's up to the victim to pur-
sue the case if they want to press
charges," Lance said. "If they

don't call to follow up, the case
pretty much gets put down."
Bartonsaid he and Wardviewed
the video before handing the
memory card in and that it showed
a good account of what happened
once the violence began.
Barton said that some of the
pictures he took showed college-
aged men jumping on the back of
the car the victim was driving just
prior to the incident, which he
believes may have been helpful in
identifying the attackers.
The amount of people in the
road forced the car to stop, Ward
said. Once the people in front
of the vehicle moved, the driver
accelerated and one of the men on
the back of the car fell.
"That's when they started to
throw things at the car and hit it,
trying to open the doors," Ward
said. "(The driver) couldn't go

anywhere."
According to Ward, the driver
then likely put the car in park,
exited the vehicle and was imme-
diately pushed to the ground. He
said between eight and 15 young
men were participating in the
attack when he and others stepped
in to stop the beating.
Other eyewitnesses who
described the incident to the Daily
estimated the number of attackers
from as few as five to as many as
30.
"I was trying to stop it. Some
girls that were there tried to stop
it as well," Ward said. "I don't
think (the girls) knew the guys
who were beating him up."
Eventually, the violence
stopped and the victim was car-
ried to a nearby porch, where he
remained until police arrived at
the scene.

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