Thu April 12, 2012

False Police Reports Concern University of Colorado Officials

The University of Colorado at Boulder is warning students that recent allegations of false police reports are unjustly targeting people of color, creating a climate of fear on campus.

Two incidents have university officials concerned. One involved a CU student accused by police of falsely claiming she was assaulted by a black man near the university campus. The other involves a non-student who allegedly made a false report saying he was attacked and robbed by a Hispanic man.

Bronson Hilliard, spokesman for the university says the reports are disturbing. "They have a very negative effect on communities of people of color in our campus community. So we thought it was important to push out a statement from our chancellor saying: just don’t do this, don’t make false reports."

False reporting is a misdemeanor in Colorado punishable by up to 6 months in jail, and a $750 fine. Hilliard says a letter to students emphasized the need to respect diversity on campus.