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Police report confirms University of Missouri swastika story

FILE - In this Nov. 9, 2015, file photo, students cheer while listening to members of the black student protest group Concerned Student 1950 speak following the announcement that University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe would resign at the university in Columbia, Mo. In the ouster of the Missouri’s president, leaders of student groups on other campuses dealing with racial strife see an opening to press their own university administrators for better treatment of black students. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

FILE – In this Nov. 9, 2015, file photo, students cheer while listening to members of the black student protest group Concerned Student 1950 speak following the announcement that University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe would resign at the university in Columbia, Mo. In the ouster of the Missouri’s president, leaders of student groups on other campuses dealing with racial strife see an opening to press their own university administrators for better treatment of black students. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A report filed by a campus police officer confirms that one of the most disturbing incidents of racial intimidation cited by University of Missouri protesters in recent weeks actually happened.

The university system’s president and the Columbia campus chancellor announced their resignations Monday after racial unrest that included protests, a hunger strike and the football team’s threatened boycott of its next game. Activists felt administrators had not done enough to address racial concerns.

One of the most disturbing reported incidents was Oct. 24, when a swastika, scrawled in feces, was found in a dorm bathroom. Several online postings have questioned if that really happened.

It did, according to a report filed by a campus police officer who saw the swastika.

The report from an officer identified only as “Bakerb7” said the officer was called to a coed restroom that served five private dorm rooms in Gateway Hall. The officer “noticed there was a swastika drawn on the wall by someone using feces,” the report stated. Feces were on the floor as well, the officer wrote.

 

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