Now, this may not have been the brightest move on the girls part, but don't you think UPD may have over reacted? After verifying she was indeed a student, was it really necessary to press charges? I'm no lawyer, but how do you charge someone for "unlawful entry" to a facility they are, in general, allowed to be in... she is after all a paying student.
"I had my iPod on loud, and a UPD officer tried to get my attention," she said. "I told him that I would be off in 10 minutes and that I was a GW student."
The officer then removed her from the machine and arrested her for unlawful entry, UPD Chief Dolores Stafford said. When the officer threatened to arrest her, Sales said she called 911. The Metropolitan Police Department arrived several minutes later.
"The MPD officer said 'I have some bad news. I'm sorry, I have to arrest you. UPD is pressing charges for unlawful entry,'" Sales said.
Further, I found the Rules & Conduct page on GWellness' site and the word GWorld does not appear on the page. Then I searched the entire GWellness website the word GWorld and none of the results had anything to do with building access. So, the question remains, how do you break into a facility you're allowed access to?
I'm also concerned that she found herself wandering home late Friday from the police station with none of her possessions and having to convince a cab driver to take her home. Isn't UPD's job to protect students?
After being processed at the Second District station, Sales said she was released several hours later - but officers had already locked up her money and told her she could not access it until the next day. Sales said she called UPD to pick her up, but they said they could not help her.
She said, "I walked a couple miles and then told a cab driver my story to convince him to give me a ride home."
Please vote the comments section. Did UPD over react?