Scotty Boman, a popular math and physics teacher at Wayne County Community College, was snapping photos of suspicious election signs on campus in July when police arrested him.
He said several officers tackled him to the ground and left him in handcuffs and without water in a closet-sized room for more than three hours.
Now Bowman faces up to 30 days in jail – if prosecutors can convince a jury next month that he was trespassing on July 30 for taking pictures on campus.
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The incident happened after Boman, who was running for city clerk at the time, finished teaching a class on the Northwest Campus on July 30. He spotted signs bearing the incumbent clerk’s name next to a polling station and began taking pictures.
That’s when he said he was tackled by police and placed in a cramped room for more than three hours.
University officials contend Boman was taking photos of students without their permission.
“What Mr. Boman was not allowed to do was photograph students on campus without their permission,” WCCCD spokeswoman Tina Bassett told the Examiner. “Students complained to the campus security officers that Mr. Boman was photographing them. They asked him to stop. He was escorted from the area after he refused to accommodate the students’ requests to not be photographed.”
According to the Examiner, Boman rejected a plea deal that would have resulted in dropped charge in exchange for him conceding that the arrest was justified.
Boman said he couldn’t comment for this story until after the trial.
The trial is scheduled for Jan. 29 at 36th District Court in Detroit.
Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.
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