Officials at Akron University recently issued a campus wide email instructing Black male students to “cooperate” with police officers, after a string of robberies that are suspected to have been done by African-American males who don’t attend the college.
The email instructs Black male students to identify themselves as students, and cooperate with the police when they are stopped.
Here is an excerpt of the letter:
As you may be aware, a series of robberies have occurred around campus over the last few weeks particularly on the south and east ends of campus. Although, most of these crimes have not been committed by University of Akron students, the primary suspects have been African American Males between the ages of 18-23.
In the event that you are stopped by the police, here are a few tips to follow:
Cooperate fully with questions
Identify yourself as a UA student and please carry identification with you at all times
Even if you are angered, refrain from using profanity as you could be charged with disorderly conduct
Do not run from the police as you could be charged with a crime