UIW Chancellor Responds to Community’s Call for Action

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The following is a statement sent out by the University of the Incarnate Word Chancellor Denise Doyle:

UIW Chancellor Denise Doyle

UIW Chancellor Denise Doyle

In January the administration of the University of the Incarnate Word determined that we did not have sufficient information about the shooting of Cameron Redus by Corporal Chris Carter on Dec. 6, 2013. We knew that investigations were underway by the Texas Rangers and the Alamo Heights Police Department who have expertise in these matter and who would report their findings to the District Attorney for legal resolution. It is fair and appropriate that we wait for a legal resolution to occur before making any decisions about the status or role of Corporal Carter at UIW.

We have not changed this decision through some have suggested we should act without knowing the results of the investigations.

We received the autopsy and toxicology reports through the Texas Open Records Act and as promised sent them on to the Redus family through their lawyer. These documents are part of the overall investigation but the investigation has no been completed. We are not prepared to make any decisions until the investigation is complete.

Why are we waiting until the resolution of the investigation before (making) any specific decisions about the return of Corporal Carter? We believe that jumping to a judgement before the investigation is complete could unfairly characterize Chris Carter, a member of our University, and a Peace Officer, in a very negative manner without sufficient knowledge or expertise upon which to base our decisions.

The loss of Cameron’s life is a tragedy. A tragedy felt most by his family and friends and also by the University. We continue to experience the loss of this gifted and blessed young man. Nonetheless we resist the pressure to make decisions or take actions before the investigation is completed.

The investigation is taking much longer than we anticipated. This has undoubtedly increased the impatience and frustration of all involved. We are sympathetic to how difficult this has been for the family and friends of Cameron. We continue to pray for all who are suffering this loss. We continue to pray for Chris Carter. We live by a set of values that include respect and fairness toward each and every person. We share these values with the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word. We will draw upon these same principles when we finally have all the information needed.

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5 thoughts on “UIW Chancellor Responds to Community’s Call for Action

  1. I don’t know what more you would need. Force was not met with like force, even according to the current story from Carter. They should just say they’re worried about a lawsuit. That’s really all it is. Unless the police find that Cameron had a deadly weapon, obviously there was not any use for deadly force in this situation.

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