Now this is really insane. Yes, politics.

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  1. Mr. Potato Head

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    http://www.myfoxtwincities.com/stor...escription-from-crime-alerts-after-complaints


    alertsPosted: Feb 25, 2015 11:41 AM CSTUpdated: Feb 26, 2015 7:20 AM CST

    by Rachel Chazin

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    MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) -

    The University of Minnesota announced Wednesday that they will be removing a suspect's race from Crime Alert descriptions after receiving feedback that it “unintentionally reinforces racist stereotypes of Black men, and other people of color, as criminals and threats.”

    “In the course of this campus-wide conversation, members of our community have raised the issue of the negative impact of using race as part of the suspect descriptions in the crime alerts,” U of M President Eric Kaler said.

    According to a statement released Tuesday, students have shared that the race descriptions affect their sense of feeling safe on campus.

    “They express concern that Crime Alerts that include race reinforce stereotypes of Black men as threats and create a hostile campus climate,” Vice President Pamela Wheelock said.

    Wheelock said discussions addressing the issue have been taking place over the past 18 months.

    “Most of the discussion has centered on two equally important pieces to the campus safety puzzle: whether our University community is safe, and whether our University community feels safe,” Wheelock said.

    Campus is significantly safer than it was a year ago – in part due to an increase in police patrols and expanding late night campus transportation.

    “But the second puzzle piece, whether our community feels safe, is much more subjective and personal,” Wheelock said.

    To help with the issue, Wheelock announced the removal of race in Crime Alert descriptions when there is “insufficient detail to reasonably aid in identifying a suspect.” But, when there is an adequate amount of information to help in identifying a suspect who presents risk, race will be included.

    “This new approach advances public safety while recognizing the harm caused by using race in otherwise limited suspect descriptions,” President Kaler said. “While not all will embrace our new approach, I want to assure you that we have heard and sincerely considered the diverse voices and opinions that have been shared.”

    The Federal Clery Act requires schools to warn the campus community of threats to students and faculty, but has no specific mention of whether or not race should be included in circumstances outside of hate crimes.

    :::: UPDATE ::::

    This afternoon, Whose Diversity?, the student group that occupied U of M President Kaler's office earlier this month as part of an effort to persuade administrators to change their policy regarding racial descriptions in crime alerts (among other issues), made a case that the changes announced today aren't enough.

    In a release entitled "Minor Changes in Crime Alerts Not Enough at the University of Minnesota," the group writes, "Whose Diversity? believes these 'changes' are merely bread crumbs meant to pacify dissent and halt further actions toward justice."

    "The administration wishes to end the conversation here," the statement says, adding that the new policy will still result in the majority of crime alerts including racial descriptions. "But moderate concessions are not enough to ensure the safety of students of color on this campus, and Whose Diversity? will not stop calling for substantive change until justice is served."

    The statement goes on to point out that on average, a black person is killed by a police officer every 28 hours in America.

    "Racialized crime alerts put the psychological, academic, and physical survival of students of color on the line," the statement concludes. "It must be asked: how committed is the administration to truly ensuring that Black lives matter on this campus? On what side of history does the University administration want to be?
     
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    Crimewut?
     
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    This is a huge win for criminals everywhere! :yay:
     
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    This is fanfuckingtastic. Society gets what it wants! :yes:
     
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    So if there's a murderer on the loose in a neighborhood, the people have to GUESS if they should be looking out for a white/Hispanic/black/Asian/Indian/Arab fella?

    Terrific.



    EDIT - OK, so I actually read down a bit further.. But, when there is an adequate amount of information to help in identifying a suspect who presents risk, race will be included.

    Why would they even put a BOLO out if they didn't know what this person looked like in the first place from witnesses?

    Still terrific and stupid.
     
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    As a PO, can you fucking imagine?:facepalm:

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    Exactly! What's next? Can't say age, weight, or height?

    Can't offend fat people, dwarves or practice age discrimination!
     
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    Well where I work getting in a chase or putting your hands on someone is a gamble with shitty odds. Our regulations contradict themselves in many ways which always leaves loopholes to fuck the patrolman should something go against public opinion. I have been reduced to a report taker and soon, it seems, I'll have to do that vaguely so no persons are offended. Fine with me.

    I do kinda miss doing police work though.
     
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    Why stop there? Aren't most crimes committed by males?
    As a male I feel threatened by crime alerts portraying men to the public as dangerous.
    When a crime is committed and a crime alert is issued, couldn't it just say something like "be on the look for a human"?
     
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    The Twin Cities are full of wacked-out lefties and guilt-ridden collectivist Norwegians.
     
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    The media has been doing this all my adult life. I've seen news stories where the perps approx. age, height and weight were given, but no mention of race. Stories about criminal flash mobs almost never mention that they're almost always 100% black.
     
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    "The statement goes on to point out that on average, a black person is killed by a police officer every 28 hours in America."


    you see, the cops should aim for their legs! :grad:
     
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    Racist cops!!!!:mad:
     
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    Very good point. Let's add hate crimes to the list too. Any time a white guy gets arrested for a hate crime it reinforces the stereotype that all white people are racist, which makes it awkward for me when a black person is taking my order at McDonalds.
     
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    University of Minnesota is right downtown and blacks know its easy pickings for primo phones and laptops.

    Yeah the news reports have already been doing this for years here, never describing a persons race or complexion.
     
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    Bullshit! If that were true the reggies would be rioting and looting every 28 seconds in America.
     
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    If only the gentle giant actually made it to college he would have been good to go.
     
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    And I think that they should remove gender from the report also. Us males always get tagged for the majority of crime.
     
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