Cornell University No Longer Requires 'Raced Descriptions of Suspects' in Campus Crime Alerts

Cornell University No Longer Requires 'Raced Descriptions of Suspects' in Campus Crime Alerts


The Cornell University Faculty has passed a resolution calling on campus police to not “require raced descriptions of suspects” in campus crime alert emails because such descriptions reinforce violence against black people.

According to the university’s passed resolution, “the knowledge that a crime may have been committed by a Black man does not make CRIME ALERT recipients any safer.”

Instead, the faculty believes the alerts endanger “Black people in the community, reinforcing the common phenomenon of violence against Black people on the grounds that they look like suspected criminals.”

“These emails consistently foreground the race of suspects, sometimes listing race and gender as the only distinguishing features of unidentified criminal suspects,” the resolution reads.

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“One of the perceptions that contributes to and justifies the disproportionate and disproportionately violent policing of Black people is the false association of Blackness with criminality,” the statement continues.

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