Georgetown U. Student Sues Over Racial Profiling

Published: May 4, 2008

WASHINGTON – An Iranian-American Georgetown University graduate student has sued the school, claiming he was a victim of racial profiling in May 2007.

Kambiz Fattahi said he was prevented from watching his friend participate in the commencement ceremony at the institution and detained in the main gymnasium because public safety officers told him he was making the other guests nervous.

In a written statement by the university’s spokeswoman Julie Green Bataille, 10 days prior to the ceremony, the university received an anonymous threat. Officials believe the officers acted appropriately.

However, in Fattahi’s suit, he alleges several violations of his rights under the Constitution and the District of Columbia’s Human Rights Act.

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