Harvard Campus Police Under Investigation for Racial Profiling

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard officials are planning to investigate its campus police department after receiving complaints that officers have been stopping black students, professors and community members because of their race.

President Drew Gilpin Faust announced that a six-member committee will be created to review the department’s diversity training, community outreach and recruitment efforts.

Black faculty and students have protested several incidents involving campus police, including one in spring 2007 where the Harvard Black Men’s Forum and the Association of Black Harvard Women hosted a field day. In 2004, a prominent black professor was stopped by police because they believed him to be a robbery suspect.

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