Crime alerts raise concern of racial profiling at U

  • Article by: Maura Lerner and Paul Walsh , Star Tribune staff writers
  • Updated: January 3, 2014 - 2:13 PM

Groups at school are concerned. Kaler says U “won’t tolerate” bias.

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trice01Dec. 13, 13 9:18 PM

By all means this should be handled fairly. I suggest some kind of a rotation system. On the next alert, the suspect should be described as Caucasian. The next, an Asian. You get the idea. There's absolutely no excuse for describing criminal suspects by the ethnic group they really belong to.

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chickadeedeeDec. 13, 13 9:20 PM

Why even bother with a crime alert if there is no description of the suspect?

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supervon2Dec. 13, 13 9:30 PM

Remember that the university is teaching your kids to be color blind and brain dead.

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KDec. 13, 13 9:55 PM

I promise not to be offended when a blue-eyed blonde robs a student, a description is given, and blue-eyed blondes are stopped for questioning. Please. You have to include as much of a description as you can if we want to catch these perpetrators.

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halfrackDec. 13, 13 9:55 PM

This story almost reads as though it should be in "The Onion". It would be comical if it wasn't true. How can you possibly put out a crime alert without the perceived race of the suspect, if it is known. Like it or not, race (or skin color) is a major descriptor of people. It is NOT RACIAL PROFILING to use skin color as part of a description of a suspect.

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ffedericoDec. 13, 13 9:58 PM

The truth is that the great majority if not all of these robberies have been committed by blacks. So is it racial profiling to be looking for black suspects?

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bgstudentDec. 13, 1310:03 PM

This is ridiculous. I feel like I'm reading a story on the onion. If the suspect was male, let's call it a male. You cut the suspect pool in half. If the suspect is black, he's black. This doesn't make me look at black students on campus any differently. It makes me wary of walking alone anywhere, which is how it SHOULD make me feel. I think the black student groups is being a little sensitive. Safety first people. A crime alert is useless if it says "something happened...that's all we can tell you. Now go panic people."

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Do Not Post CommentsDec. 13, 1310:16 PM

Wow, just wow. The facts are the facts. The robbers have been described as black because, now wait for it.....they ARE black.

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JDNCORKDec. 13, 1310:21 PM

This school can't get anything right.

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chanman01Dec. 13, 1310:30 PM

Why doesn't the press express concern for the victims? People have been beaten, raped, robbed at gunpoint, nearly kidnapped, etc... The press however, would rather have you believe that profiling is far worse. I understand profiling is a sad situation, but tell the whole story by adding some balance to it. As a suggestion, the story might include the fact that certain people are being targeted for beatings, rape, armed robbery, kidnapping, etc... And they are rightly fearful for their safety! As a result, a few people might actually resort to profiling. Unfortunately, the story conveniently overlooks all the facts. I guess the facts don't fit the Strib's agenda.

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