“The email uses problematic language to identify the suspect”
This same thing has happened at other schools. How do you solve this kind of stupidity?
The College Fix reports:
Portland State student files complaint against campus police for listing race of suspect on the loose
A Portland State University student filed a bias complaint against the campus police department for mentioning the race of a potentially dangerous individual on the loose.
“The email uses problematic language to identify the suspect,” the student complained in the report filed with administrators. The student added the language “puts a target on so many campus community member’s [sic] backs.”
Writing that other such warning emails have had similar references to race, the student asked the police department to “reconsider the language used in these emails.”
This is one of 82 complaints filed between 2019 and 2021 with the Portland State Bias Review Team, which allows students and faculty to anonymously report “bias” violations against others, even if they take place in a private setting.
The reports were obtained last week by The College Fix through a public records request. The identities of the parties involved were redacted by administrators, and approximately 22 of the reports were fully redacted.
The “Timely Warning” alert (below) sent by police December 2021 stated there had been two unsuccessful robbery attempts of two separate vehicle operators near campus the previous evening. The suspect was identified as a 20-year old “African American male” dressed in all black and not having any facial hair. The suspect was not masked when the robberies took place.
“CPSO could have said ‘students should be aware of their surroundings…use the buddy system when walking to and from…specific resources to use are this,’” the student wrote in the complaint. “The email seems reckless and could cause serious harm just telling PSU to be on the look out for a general black man.”
The reports were obtained as The College Fix continues to investigate the types of complaints that are lodged through bias response teams at college campuses across the nation. More than two dozen universities have been included in the investigation so far since it launched in 2019.
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