UWO YouTube case back in January
Last Updated: 25th November 2009, 2:29pm
A Western student charged after a melee with campus police was caught on video and posted on YouTube has been ordered to undergo a psychiatric assessment.
Irnes Zeljkovic, 22, was charged with mischief, resisting arrest, escaping custody and assaulting a peace officer after the Oct. 14 arrest inside the the University of Western Ontario’s Social Sciences building.
His next appearance in the London courthouse adult therapeutic court is scheduled for Jan. 27.
The 90-second video recorded on a cellphone went viral on the Internet. It showed a man being struck 35 times by campus police and city cops with punches, kicks and hits with a baton.
At the time, police said they were responding to a report that a fourth-year student had barricaded himself in a seventh floor office. He charged at two officers, broke free of another and eventually ran to the main floor.
The video caught three officers scrambling with a man on the ground. Two other officers joined in. He was told repeatedly to “stop resisting.”
He eventually calmed down and was taken into custody.
Jane Sims is a Free Press justice reporter.