College newspaper sues Purdue for release of video

An empty Purdue lecture hall in the days following the shooting.
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Purdue's student newspaper is suing the University to get access to surveillance video from an attack on campus in January that led to the death of a student-teacher.

The recording in question reportedly shows a confrontation between police and a photographer for the Purdue Exponent, who claims an officer pushed him to the ground and shoved him into a wall while police searched for the person who killed student Andrew Boldt in a classroom. The photographer also claims his cameras were temporarily confiscated even though he was two floors away from the murder scene and the suspect and been removed at least 30 minutes earlier.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana filed the suit claiming Purdue mistakenly labeled the surveillance video as crime scene evidence and failed to release it as required by state public access laws.

"The fact is, we are utterly convinced our people behaved very responsibly and very carefully in a terrible and dangerous situation, and we prefer everybody know that for themselves," Purdue University President Mitch Daniels told Eyewitness News Wednesday.

The newspaper employees have been shown the video, but said they weren't given a copy as it was being called evidence.

Cody Cousins, 23, is charged with murder in the Jan. 21 death of 21-year-old Andrew Boldt inside a classroom filled with other Purdue students.