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College Students Say Listing Race In Crime Suspect Identification Is Racist

A group of African-American students at the University of Minnesota claim that administrators are being racist when compiling physical descriptions of crime suspects. They are asking university administrators to stop considering race when compiling the information and revise their crime response protocols. The request was made in a formal letter to UM President Eric Kaler.

Efforts to reduce crime should never be at the expense of our Black men, or any specific group of people likely to be targeted,” said the letter, according to CBS. “In addition to causing Black men to feel unsafe and distrusted, racial profiling is proven to inflict negative psychological effects on its victims.”

The letter also called for campus police to receive more diversity training. University Vice President Pamela Wheelock said that “racial profiling will not be tolerated” at the college, but said that race was an important factor in identifying crime suspects and said that police should be receiving more information, not less. “I believe that sharing more information in our Crime Alerts, not less, is most beneficial in terms of public safety, especially when that information is available,” she said in a statement.

Kaler has not yet formally responded to the letter, but is expected to meet with the students sometime next month.

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