Chattanooga Times Free Press

School pres­i­dent apol­o­gizes to fam­ily of Black teen for stop

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The pres­i­dent of the Univer­sity of Alabama in Huntsville has apol­o­gized to the fam­ily of a Black teen who was pulled over by cam­pus po­lice af­ter the teen’s mother posted her con­cerns about the in­ci­dent on so­cial me­dia.

The apol­ogy by school Pres­i­dent Dar­ren Daw­son was is­sued Wed­nes­day, two days af­ter Chanda Crutcher wrote about the Oct. 3 traf­fic stop on Face­book.

Crutcher said her 17- year- old son was trav­el­ing home from work dur­ing the even­ing when he was stopped by the of­fi­cers for what was said to be a cracked tail light. Crutcher, who said she watched body cam­era video of the traf­fic stop, wrote that her son’s ve­hi­cle was then searched.

Her post said one of­fi­cer re­ferred to her son as “brother” and asked him sev­eral times if he had drugs “or a dead pros­ti­tute” in his car.

She told WHNT-TV she has been in con­tact with Daw­son about the in­ci­dent.

“We’ve got to do bet­ter,” she told the news out­let. “I truly be­lieve we are bet­ter to­gether, but that starts with hold­ing each other ac­count­able. UAH you are go­ing to be held ac­count­able.”

Daw­son said in his state­ment Wed­nes­day that the “words and ac­tions” of cam­pus po­lice dur­ing the traf­fic stop “do not rep­re­sent who we are as an in­sti­tu­tion.”

“I have spo­ken with the fam­ily of the young driver to of­fer my sin­cere apolo­gies and ad­dress the fam­ily’s thoughts, ideas and con­cerns,” he said. “We will use this as a learn­ing and train­ing op­por­tu­nity.”

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