Police ID person of interest in Temple Univ. racist flyers investigation

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Friday, December 15, 2017
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Racist flyers found at Temple University: John Rawlins reports on Action News at 5 p.m., December 14, 2017

NORTH PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- Temple University Police are trying to identify a person of interest in their investigation into three posters found in different locations around campus that used inflammatory language aimed at African Americans.

Surveillance cameras captured images of the person who police believe may be responsible for posts at multiple locations, including the outside of a residence hall.

Freshmen Ahmad Nixon and John Haldeman discovered one of the fliers on a column of a freshman dorm on Wednesday.

"We came, I came up I saw it," said Nixon. "It was disgusting."

The posters included foul language as well as racist slurs.

The politically charged flyers called African American students "stupid," used the n-word and then read: "Bernie would have won if it wasn't for you, and this is all your fault."

The Bernie presumably Sanders. The issue: African Americans overwhelming voted for opponent Hilary Clinton in the 2016 primaries.

In a statement released Friday, Temple University President Richard Englert said in part: "First, let me state once again the university's position: These fliers were disgusting, intimidating and hateful, and they have no place on our campus. They do not represent the Temple community that I have known and loved during the last 40 years. Personally, I found the fliers despicable, and it breaks my heart that this occurred at Temple."

"Events like these are deeply disturbing and require a strong response. They are also opportunities for us to show the world how members of the Temple community come together to fight bigotry and hatred. We will not allow such incidents to define us," Englert said.

If you have any information about the identity of the person of interest, or any information at all about the fliers, please contact Temple University Police at 215-204-1234.


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