Purdue President reacts to the Exponent lawsuit

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Purdue President Mitch Daniels gives his first reaction Wednesday to a lawsuit filed against the university by the ACLU on behalf of the Purdue Exponent.

As News 18 previously reported, the lawsuit comes after a Freedom of Information Act by the Exponent to get surveillance video from the Electrical Engineering building the day Andrew Boldt was shot and killed was denied.

Exponent General Manager Pat Kuhnle said the video shows an Exponent photographer, Michael Takeda, being violently detained by Purdue police.

Daniels said he does not see it as a violent video. He said it has been shown to the Exponent, but police did not want it released because it deals with the murder investigation.

Daniels said this is an odd time between the university and the newspaper.

“It is a little awkward, isn’t it? This is a monopoly, really. It’s not a student run newspaper, it’s a business — a very successful business run by adults. They do have Purdue’s name. So, it’s odd to say the least,” Daniels said.

Kuhnle said the video is not part of the investigation because it is from the second floor of the building not the basement where Boldt was killed.

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