Exponent photographer speaks out after release of surveillance video

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Purdue University student and Exponent photographer Michael Takeda said he imagined his senior year to be like any other student.

“Starting tomorrow I’ll be going to class just like any other student,” said Takeda. “I’ll be doing my last year as a senior, hopefully just like any other senior.”

However, Takeda said a January incident with local law enforcement doesn’t make coming back to school as exciting as he hoped.

“I feel like I’ve been antagonized by my own school,” said Takeda. “I know there are classmates that are against what I did, and they’ve publicly voiced that. But I just try to put that behind me.”

As News 18 previously reported, Takeda was detained by the Purdue Police Department and the Tippecanoe County Sheriff’s Office after taking pictures inside the Electrical Engineering Building the day Andrew Boldt was murdered.

“I was just trying to find something fresh, just like any other journalist, and that didn’t go well,” said Takeda.

Last Thursday, Purdue University released the surveillance video showing Takeda being detained by officers after the Exponent filed a lawsuit against the university over access to the video.

Takeda said the purpose of the video is to connect with February’s report, but the video doesn’t make the situation any easier for him.

“I don’t think I can say there’s relief until everything is over,” said Takeda. “The video is just part of it, and that’s where I stand.”

He said he was just trying to be a photographer and hopes something can be learned from the incident.

“I’m not doing this just for myself, or for the paper. I’m doing it for everybody who has been in the same shoes as me, especially student journalists,” Takeda said.

He said he’s prepared for any negativity that may come from the release of the video.

“It’s been stressful and it’s going to be stressful,” said Takeda. “This just won’t be put under the table in the next few days or weeks. I think it will be months and perhaps over a year. I definitely don’t want to have to come back here after I graduate just for this case.”

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