SATURDAY EVENING UPDATE: Moline Police Chief Darren Gault posted an update on Saturday shortly after 7:30 p.m. on a video of a scene he described as “disturbingly racist”. All of the students involved have been identified and the Rock Island County Attorney’s Office will investigate the case.
He did not identify the students involved.
“The video showed a disturbing racist scene with a Moline High School soccer player in a locker room,” says Gault in the statement that continues:
“The Moline Police Department immediately began an investigation into the incident. The victim was found and interviewed by detectives when the team bus returned to Moline at around 11:20 p.m. (Friday).
“Several Moline Police Department detectives interviewed several athletes, coaches, and staff at Moline High School all day Saturday.”
“Detectives have identified all of the athletes involved in the incident and the circumstances of the video. Those involved are fellow players in high school football. They are also individuals of different and races similar to that of the victim. “
“The students who are directly involved in the video are all friends. Regardless of these facts, we all agree that this is a disgusting way to treat a teammate, a fellow human, and, for sure, a friend. ”
“The task of the police is to gather facts about possible criminal offenses under public law. The investigation is now complete and on April 10, 2021, around 6 p.m., the case was handed over to prosecutor Dora Villarreal for review. “
“The Moline-Coal Valley School District has also received an initial summary of the investigation by the police and directly to the superintendent. The school district will conduct a separate investigation into any violations of the school code or district policy that differ from criminal law. “
“Some terms like bullying have different meanings in state law and in the school code of conduct. We all agree that it is unacceptable behavior for students to view this as a joke. ”
“Everyone involved in the investigation, including parents, students, coaches and school district staff, was cooperative with the investigation by the police department and understood the gravity of the situation.”
“This is a teaching moment for everyone and a reminder that we can do better. We can treat people better. We can be better friends. We can be better teammates. We can be better people. “
“We can also stand up and encounter situations where they are wrong. In this way we can raise our morale and increase the respect we have for one another. ”
Police continue to ask people with additional information to contact the dispatch center at 309-797-0401, generate an anonymous report using the P3 smartphone application, or call Crime Stoppers at 309-762-9500.
SATURDAY MORNING UPDATE: The Moline-Coal Valley School District posted a statement on Saturday in a viral video about a student who police say is friends with the students who filmed it.
Just after 11:15 a.m. on Saturday, the district issued this statement:
“The Moline-Coal Valley School District was informed on Friday night of a disturbing and disturbing video involving a Moline High School soccer player.”
“The district is working fully with law enforcement and will ensure that a thorough investigation is completed.”
“The horrific behavior depicted in the video does not represent our core values and has no place in our learning community. Of course we still have a lot to do. “
“After the law enforcement and internal school district investigation are completed, decisive action will be taken. Student safety and a welcoming environment remain a top priority for all Moline Coal Valley schools. “
EARLIER UPDATE: Moline police released a statement that a student was friends with the students who shot it in a viral video.
In the statement, released just before 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Moline Police Chief Darren Gault said that Moline police became aware of a video circulated on social media around 7:30 p.m. on Friday and a “disgusting and disturbing racist scene of bullying and assault” featured a Moline High School football player in a locker room. ”
At the time the video was discovered, soccer players, including the victim, were no longer present
City for a soccer game, said Gault.
Moline Criminal Investigation immediately opened an investigation into the video and the circumstances. At around 11:20 pm on Friday, the high school soccer team bus returned to Moline and was picked up by Moline Police officers.
The police have located the victim and are collecting more information.
“We are aware that the victim knows the people who filmed the incidents,” says Gault. “We are aware that they are teammates and may be friends. Regardless of these facts, the incident is worrying. “
In an email with the attached statement, Gault said the victim was friends with the students who participated in the filming of the video. “We would love to have the media help us reassure the public as we investigate this incident,” he added.
Moline Police said the incident is being investigated separately by the Moline Police Department and the Moline-Coal Valley School District. The criminal investigation is carried out by the
The school district will investigate the police department and any school code violations.
Once the police department completes the criminal investigation, the aggregated facts will be presented to Rock Island County Attorney Dora Villarreal for review.
“The role of the police in this incident is to determine if there has been a violation of the law. The school will have a different role and different school rules that may have been violated. “
“We all agree that this incident is unacceptable, disturbing and disgusting,” says Gault. “There is no debate. Regardless of whether the students viewed this as a joke, this is not acceptable. ”
EARLIER: Moline’s elected mayor and outgoing school board president, Sangeetha Rayapati, posted a statement on the video attached below on Friday night.
“As outgoing President of the Moline-Coal Valley School Board and mayor-elect of Moline, I would like to address the incident that many in our community witnessed online Friday night that involved members of our high school soccer team. As a person, I am frustrated, dismayed and appalled – among many other emotions. As a community leader and an elected official, I know that I, myself, and other leaders have a responsibility to hold those involved in this incident accountable and to do just that.
We have to choose carefully how we interact with one another. We have to choose kindness, understanding and respect, and as parents, role models and managers we have a duty to model this respect with one another every day. We must hold ourselves accountable for this incident in our community and educate our children that this behavior is unacceptable. Because these are all of our children – those who have done tremendous things and those to whom terrible things have been done. Nobody has the right to dehumanize their classmates or teammates.
I am a person of color. I know what it means to be the only person in the room who is like you. I know what it means to be misunderstood. Our children deserve to be understood and treated with respect, especially in a school or school activity, and our entire community needs to be there for this. Our entire community has a responsibility to choose what behavior we will not accept.
I speak from the heart when I say that we have a responsibility to teach them a better way. It’s horrible to know that a child has been treated like this. It is terrible to know that this child will forever be shaped by the incident and the disrespect it received. And it’s horrible to know that other kids would see this as a joke.
We must have research conducted according to appropriate protocols to address this behavior, but we can turn to our neighbors and show them the good that is in all of us. We can find ways to reassure our children that they will not have to fear this type of treatment at Moline. There is no place for hate in Moline, and it is my mission to continue to make Moline a welcoming place for EVERYONE, regardless of age, background, or skin color. “
ORIGINAL: The Moline Police Department posted a Facebook message that they were aware of an incident that occurred (Friday) at Moline High School that was videotaped and is now being shared on social media.
“We’re working with the Moline-Coal Valley School District to identify those involved,” the post said.
The video, about 12 seconds long, appears to be set in a locker room. It shows a black student while other people in the background sneer as he is forced into a seat with bananas hanging over it. At the beginning of the video you can hear a person outside the camera screaming: “- on the chair, otherwise I’ll break your knees.”
The police ask anyone with information about the incident to call the police on 309-524-2140 (Investigation Department), report information anonymously using the P3 smartphone application, or Crime Stoppers of the Quad Cities on 309- Call 762-9500.