Purdue releases video at center of lawsuit with Exponent

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Purdue University released Thursday some of the video that is the subject of a lawsuit between itself and the Purdue Exponent.

The video comes from the second floor and stairwell of the Electrical Engineering Building after Andrew Boldt was murdered in the basement.

It shows law enforcement coming down the stairs, spotting Exponent photographer Michael Takeda down the hall, then escorting him out of the building.

One part shows Takeda being pushed against the wall. According to Purdue, the officer who did that was admonished.

Exponent General Manager Pat Kuhnle tells News 18 that the 85 seconds of video backs up Takeda’s version of the events.

“It verifies what we’ve been saying all along, that the police report from February is inaccurate in a variety of different areas,” said Kuhnle. “Just take for example that it’s on the second floor, not on the first floor, that the video exists when Purdue Police said it didn’t exist and that our photographer was not treated with the respect that you would expect.”

The release of the video was approved by Tippecanoe County Prosecutor Pat Harrington.

Purdue University declined to make a statement Thursday, choosing to stick to its press release and counter suit against the Exponent. It complains that the Exponent did not report on an updated investigation report that Purdue provided to them in June.

The University also believes that Takeda knew he was trespassing, based on his shadow stepping back from view when he apparently heard the officers coming down the stairs.

Click play on the top video to watch the complete surveillance video.

Click to read the Exponent lawsuit and Purdue’s counterclaim.

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