It took media pressure and a Freedom of Information Act request filed with the University of Missouri’s custodian of records, but the infamous “poop-swastika” photo and police report were released late Wednesday.
The reaction by school officials to an Oct. 24 incident in the university’s Gateway Hall was used by activists to pressure system’s president Timothy Wolfe to resign. Wolfe stepped down on Monday, but up until late Wednesday the school resisted requests to provide its records.
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Concerned Students 1950, the group organizing campus protests, charge that Wolfe and administrators did not adequately respond to the incident. A police report obtained by the Daily Caller and emails released to the Federalist on Thursday challenge that claim.
- A police report was filed shortly after the incident.
- The university’s Title IX office was immediately notified.
- Gateway Hall hall coordinator Susan Cohn contacted multiple school officials.
- Representatives of the school’s minority communities were informed.
- Officials held discussions on the best way to respond.
- The executive director of Mizzou Hillel was contacted.
Officials had an idea who the culprit was, but could not definitively prove he was guilty.
Salama Gallimore, the lead investigator in the university’s Title IX office, wrote Gateway Hall coordinator Susan Cohn about an incident between a Jewish student and a group of minorities just days before the swastika was found.
“We did have a incident that was just reported last week where an intoxicated individual said ‘b–ch a– n—a’ to a white resident when having a heated interaction with multiple black residents in the third floor lounge, which is the same floor this bathroom incident happened on,” Gallimore wrote, the Federalist reported.
“The individual that reported said he was offended by this but felt like it was not directed at him or the other black residents in the lounge. … The accused student in the above incident has also been reported to have made anti-Semitic remarks to the members of a Jewish fraternity. It is possible that the aforementioned student may be responsible for the swastika vandalism as he is a resident of Gateway. Since the student has allegedly engaged in acts of racism and anti-Semitism, I feel that it is important to consider that the swastika drawn in fecal matter (even if it was not drawn by the student under investigation) was meant to offend and threaten a larger population of our campus community in addition to Jewish students.”
The race of the suspect, who also lived in Gateway Hall, was not provided.
The full police report by the university can be found here.