20 Dec 2019
Military.com | By Hope Hodge Seck
Rapidly completed investigations by the U.S. Naval Academy and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point have concluded that controversial on-camera gestures made by several cadets and midshipmen were not “white power” symbols.
In a Friday statement, the Naval Academy said it had completed its probe into hand gestures by two midshipmen during the Dec. 14 Army-Navy game.
“The investigation — which included review of video footage, more than two dozen interviews, and background checks by Naval Criminal Investigative Service and the Federal Bureau of Investigation — determined that two Fourth Class Midshipmen (freshmen) were participating in a sophomoric game, commonly known as ‘the circle game,’ with West Point Cadets during the live broadcast,” the academy said in a statement. “The investigation found no evidence of racist intent.”
Academy officials added that, while not racist in intent, the on-camera gestures demonstrated “immature behavior” that would be “appropriately addressed.”