Investigations Launched Into Reported UT-Austin Bleach Bomb Attack

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Yesterday, Burnt Orange Report broke the story about a bleach bomb thrown at University of Texas student Bryan Davis. After Davis bravely came forward, the public  responded with a strong demand for an investigation.

The Austin Police Department has now opened an investigation into the incident. Though an APD case on numerous bleach bomb attacks against students of color did not yield results, Austin Police Department Cpl. David Boyd told Fox 7 that the department is determined to get to the bottom of it.

“They (detectives) might be able to go out and look in the area and see who had surveillance cameras out there or any potential witnesses that were in the area that could have seen something,” Boyd said. “If anybody were to get bleach thrown at them in their eyes it could be a very serious situation where it could potentially blind you,” he added.

“We want to catch whoever's doing this and make sure it doesn't happen anymore,” Boyd told KVUE.

The University of Texas is also investigating the incident. Dean of Students Soncia Reagins-Lilly contacted Davis and told him the incident is being taken very seriously. Davis has turned over the clothes he was wearing on Thursday to the school for chemical testing. Gregory Vincent, vice president for diversity and community engagement, said in a statement that UTPD is investigating the incident alongside APD and is “anxious” to see results. The Campus Climate response team is also looking into the attack.

University Towers, building from which the balloon appears to have been thrown, is also taking action. Alex O'Brien, president of University Towers' managing company, told The Horn that the complex has “extensive” interior and exterior video surveillance equipment installed.

“We are committed to finding out, and we have security footage and everything,” O'Brien said. “I think that we will pretty quickly get to the bottom of it.”

See interviews Bryan Davis gave to Austin's KVUE and Fox 7 below the jump.Davis spoke to Austin's ABC affiliate KVUE:

Here's Fox 7:

And KEYE is here.

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Ben Sherman

Ben Sherman has been a BOR staff writer since 2011. A graduate of the University of Texas, Ben has worked on campaigns, in political consulting, and has written for other news outlets like Think Progress. Ben considers campaign finance reform the fundamental challenge of our time because it distorts almost every other issue in American politics.

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