Last weekend, a fourth-year student in the College at the University of Chicago was being loud in the A-level of the Regenstein University Library.
A little bit about the A-level: it’s loud. Almost always. I have seen drunk people hollering there. I have been here less than a year, and already I have seen people put up tents in the A-level. That’s right. TENTS. WITH POLES. PLUS FABRIC. The A-level is basically an ongoing party, plus books.
So this library attendant tells some students to quiet down or she’ll call the cops. Doesn’t tell them she’s a library attendant, oh no. If was talking to friends in the A-level of the Regenstein and some random person told me to be quiet or she was calling the cops, I would introduce her to a great tradition in my favorite webcomic, the “fuck-you friday.” And so would most people.
So she calls the cops, who come, and ask to see the student’s ID (or so they claim, eyewitness testimony claims they never asked for his ID). When he asked why they needed to see his ID, they put him in a chokehold and wrestled him to the ground. (Interesting fact: there is no way the student did not have his ID. You need your ID to even enter the library.)
The story doesn’t end there. They arrested the student and took him to jail, where he was forced to spend the night, and are talking about charging him with trespassing. All for, well, doing what everyone always does on the A-level of the Regenstein Library.