Ole Miss Police ask FBI to investigate incident involving officer, fan

OXFORD, Miss. (WJTV) — The University of Mississippi Police Department is asking the Federal Bureau of Investigation to step in and conduct a separate investigation into the incident where an Ole Miss fan was allegedly hit by a temporary officer during a game.

Ole Miss Police tweeted about the request on Monday afternoon.

They said the FBI arrived on campus this afternoon to begin their review.

A video circulating on the Internet showed the fan being allegedly assaulted by officers at the Ole Miss v. LSU game from the weekend.

Holly Barnes posted the video on social media saying that her husband, who is a two-time veteran, was hit twice in the face and then arrested by a police officer. Barnes says he posted bail four hours later and was taken to the hospital where he was diagnosed with a concussion, fractures to his orbital wall and maxillary sinus and contusions to the tissues of his eyes.

According to Barnes, the officers thought he did something that someone a few rows up did and blamed him and his friends.

UPD Chief Tim Potts said, “We do not tolerate violent behavior on our campus, and our request for an independent FBI investigation should make it clear that we are taking this situation very seriously.”

Police are asking anyone with information about the incident to contact them at 662-915-7234 or contact the FBI.


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