U of M to begin censoring description of violent at large suspects
In December of 2013, this website compiled months of campus police bulletins from the University of Minnesota. The local media had reported a huge spike in muggings and mob attacks on college students. In every single local media report, the race of the perpetrator was censored. However, all the victims we could find identified in the media were white.
We looked at every single campus police bulletins for an extended period of time. What we found was that almost all crimes against students was committed by black perpetrators. Many of the crimes where vicious mob attacks, which appeared to be motivated by racial hatred.
Our report went viral. Immediately, black power groups and several black professors, declared that the campus police bulletins were “racist.” They claimed it was “racist” to tell the public who was committing crimes. Campus Police stood there ground. In January 2014, the campus police department issued an official statement saying they would continue to post descriptions of perpetrators in the interest of public safety.
Unfortunately our original study was lost in a data crash in February 2014. However, the fallout continued.
Now the University has bowed to the black power groups and ordered campus police to ban racial descriptions from police bulletins. Campus police will be barred from giving descriptions of perpetrators, even if the perp is at large and still an immediate threat to public safety.
We looked at campus police bulletins form August 2014 to January 2015. A six month period preceding the ban. For all the crimes in which the description of the perp is know. All but one were perpetrated by black suspects. One was perpetrated by a Hispanic suspect. There was a white female arrested as an accomplice to two black males who violently mugged a woman.
The University of Minnesota has discontinued using race in campus crime alerts sent to the Twin Cities community.
In an email sent to faculty, staff, and students at the U of M, President Eric W. Kaler and Vice President Pamela Wheelock said they had been made aware of the “negative impact of using race as part of the suspect descriptions” and will cease to use racial descriptions in alerts that are “too general.”
“We have heard from many in our community that the use of race in suspect descriptions in our Crime Alerts may unintentionally reinforce racist stereotypes of Black men, and other people of color, as criminals and threats,’ Kaler said in the email obtained by Campus Reform. “That in turn can create an oppressive climate for some members of our community, a climate of suspicion and hostility.”
According to the email, Kaler and Wheelock have been discussing the removal of racial descriptions from the crime alerts for more than a year—since Dec., 2013.
“As a student here, I feel that any details that can be shared with me about the suspect are important to know for my safety,” Matthew Ricker, a freshman at U of M told Campus Reform. “If the university is withholding information that can help me identify a threat to my safety, I cannot support their actions.”