Duquesne University Statement Regarding Requests for Information About Marquis "J.B." Brown
The University continues to grieve the tragic loss of an exceptional student athlete, Marquis "J.B." Brown. Following his death in 2018, the Pittsburgh Police conducted a thorough investigation-the report of that investigation is publicly available: http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/press-releases/press-releases.html?id=2640
In addition, the University had a thorough and separate investigation conducted into the incident, in order to independently gather facts. We have not made the details public out of respect for the family's privacy, but last week we extended an invitation to meet with Ms. Brown and her counsel to share that information.
We believed Ms. Brown had much of this information, but from recent posts and statements it is now apparent that there is inaccurate information being circulated on social media and elsewhere about the events preceding JB's death, particularly regarding the role of the Duquesne University police. We believe the facts will show that those officers acted appropriately and reasonably, which is consistent with the findings of the City of Pittsburgh police report.
We are anxious to have a meeting as soon as possible but so far neither Ms. Brown nor her counsel have responded to our offer to meet so that we can provide more information to them.
As a University, we are committed to transparency and to helping to provide information and bring closure to this tragedy for the Brown family and the entire Duquesne community.
UPDATE: As of 5:15 p.m. on July 6, 2020, Danielle Brown's counsel has been in contact with University officials and a meeting with Danielle Brown, her counsel, and University officials is being scheduled for Tuesday, July 7, 2020, to share information.
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