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Columnist’s Son’s Encounter With Yale Police Sparks Allegations of Racial Profiling

Yale University’s police force is facing allegations of racial profiling after a columnist for The New York Times wrote in a column on Monday that his son, a Yale student, had been questioned at gunpoint because he fit the description of a burglary suspect.

Charles M. Blow began tweeting about his son’s encounter on Saturday:

“What if my son had panicked under the stress,” Mr. Blow wrote in his column, “having never had a gun pointed at him before, and made what the officer considered a ‘suspicious’ movement? Had I come close to losing him? Triggers cannot be unpulled. Bullets cannot be called back.”

Yale confirmed to Inside Higher Ed that a man was briefly detained and released on Saturday night. The incident is the latest account of a campus police force drawing scrutiny over its treatment of minority groups, amid calls for police reforms that were amplified by the fatal shooting last year of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Mo.

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