Alex McNab , an African American Columbia University Student was hungry on Thursday of last week while returning late from his Afro-Beat Dance practice. He decided to search on Facebook to find a place on campus that offered free food, according to an article written in The Washington Post by Katie Mettler.
He found a place at Barnard Campus which is affiliated with Columbia. On the way there he had an encounter with Barnard Public Safety Campus Police. He entered Barnard Campus Library where he found other students who offered him food.
Then two officers who followed him in appeared, followed by two more officers, then another- five in total. They proceeded to demand to demand his ID, grabbed his arms and pinned him up against the counter. A nearby student, Caroline Cutlip videoed the incident which has since gone viral.
McNab claims this is the third time he has been the subject of racial profiling by Barnard Campus Police citing two previous incidences where he was stopped and asked for identification.
Barnard Campus has issued a statement stating they are investigating the matter. Furthermore, the officers involved have been put on administrative leave.