Racial Profiling? Harvard Reviews Campus Cops

"I think that incident knocked me back into reality. Harvard is a microcosm of the world. You still have people who are ignorant and may still be prejudiced and may still be racist," she said. "A lot of students were hurt that [other students] would call the police on us. That was the first big racial incident on campus."

The most recent announcement has students debating the whys and reasoning behind the review announced by Faust.

"Is it because this has happened and is an accumulation, or is it that Drew has taken note of this and taken a stance?" Biggers said of the debates among her classmates on an e-mail list serv.

She likes to think it's the latter.

"I was really excited when she became president -- really trying to make Harvard a better place," she said. "I think it's that Drew Faust has become aware of the issues."

Campus Police In Review

In a statement, campus police said they welcome any recommendations from the review committee.

"The review will provide the Department with an invaluable opportunity ... hear in new ways from the Harvard community about how we might better serve our diverse population," police said.

In an ideal world, Ogletree would like to see an ongoing committee that will address these longer-term issues.

"It's not going to be an easy thing to do, but it's necessary for us to do it in order to move forward," he said.

Biggers' ideal outcome is even simpler.

"I want people to be more aware -- the administration, the police -- that there are racial tensions on campus. ... I don't want them to be overlooked," she said. "That for me is enough, and that's what I can ask for from this incident."

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