Bryant launches task force in response to weekend incidents

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SMITHFIELD, R.I. (WLNE) – Bryant has launched a special “Fact Finding Task Force” composed of a team of both school officials and professors to investigate last weekend’s incidents.

The task force will begin an immediate investigation into the incidents that occurred over the weekend.

Their investigation will seek to determine all the facts including whether a bias incident occurred.

Smithfield police say 19-year-old Joseph Kasperzyk, of New Haven, Connecticut; 20-year-old Zahir Williams, of New York City; and 20-year-old Shelton McNeal, of Lakeland, Florida, were charged Monday with simple assault and other offenses.

All of the men are student athletes on both the football and basketball teams at Bryant .

Bryant in a statement said Kasperzyk has been suspended from the basketball team and Williams and McNeal have been suspended from the football team.

Bryant’s President, Ronald K. Machtley, hopes to have an experienced, retired judge oversee the student conduct hearings to ensure that all matters have have been handled properly.

The investigation by Smithfield police is currently ongoing.

The university has been advised that additional students may be charged, according to Machtley.

The student athletes charged are no longer allowed to live in the residence halls, but are allowed to continue their academic studies pending a student conduct hearing.

Machtley mentioned in a statement that support is available in the University’s Counseling Services office for the those affected by the incident.

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