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Archive for Friday, September 15, 1995

KU POLICE SAY RACIAL NOTE BOGUS

September 15, 1995

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A crime reported by a Kansas University African-American student claiming he was the victim of racist note placed on his residence hall door is bogus, KU police said Thursday.

The 18-year-old Kansas City, Mo., freshman reported to police that someone put a racist note on his Templin Hall door on Tuesday afternoon.

The student told reporters that the note read, "Nigger move out, we don't want any animals living with us."

But on Thursday, KU issued a statement from KU Assistant Police Director Ralph Oliver that said: "After a thorough investigation of the hateful racial message left on the door of Templin Hall resident Tuesday, we have determined that the incident as it was reported to us was unfounded."

KU police would not elaborate.

"We consider the investigation to be closed," the statement said.

Asked if police would forward reports to the Douglas County District Attorney's office for possible charges of falsely reporting a crime, police spokeswoman Rose Rozmiarek said, "No further action on the investigation is planned."

The student could not be reached for comment Thursday night.

He claimed that the note may have been left in retaliation for his objections to a survey about African-Americans that freshmen psychology students were asked to complete.

Before Thursday's statement, police had been offering a reward in connection with the incident through its Crime Stoppers program.

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