Activists rallied at Providence College Monday to call attention to what they say is racial profiling. Professor Julia Jordan-Zachery has complained she was interrogated by campus police for parking in a faculty space. The demonstrators said the incident is part of a larger pattern of targeting minorities by campus police officers.
Jordan-Zachery filed an official complaint with the college last fall. Providence College Spokesman Steve Maurano said the complaint was resolved quickly, and the head of campus security ordered additional training for campus police.
“Once the incident with Dr. Jordan-Zachery occurred, he instituted a workshop on campus racial profiling for every member of his department," Maurano said. "That happened on January of 2015, January of this year."
Maurano said no other complaints have been brought to the university in the last two academic years.
“There may be people out there who feel that they have experienced racial profiling, but we cannot help them or address their issues unless they come forward,” said Maurano.
Zachary and others have called for Providence College to replace the head of campus security. The college said it has no plans to do that.
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