Marquette Will Reveal Race of At-Large Suspect
When the suspect in an assault or robbery is black, they refuse to report that fact in e-mails sent to students to warn them to be on the alert. This is the case even when the suspect is still at large.
We are proud to report this is not Marquette’s policy.
From an e-mail we just received:
7. Safety AlertNo doubt plenty of quite upright, law-abiding black folks are harmed when people steretype criminals as being disproportionately black.
The Department of Public Safety reported an armed robbery in the 900 block of North 17th St. at about 3 a.m. Thursday. The victim, a Marquette student, was not harmed.
The victim was able to give a detailed description of both the suspect and the vehicle. The suspect was described as a black male, approximately 6 feet tall with a thin build, about 25 years of age with braided-style hair, sideburns and a thin beard. He was wearing a white jacket with logos on it. The vehicle was reportedly a white Jeep. The victim was unable to describe the driver of the vehicle.
If you notice a white Jeep with someone matching the suspect’s description, notify DPS immediately. Also be sure to exercise common safety precautions, such as using LIMOS or the student safety patrol when walking at night, walking in groups and being aware of your surroundings and of the location of blue light phones.
Still . . . when you are warning people to be on the lookout for a particular individual, they deserve a decent description. So sometimes you have to tell the truth and let the chips fall where they may.