New York Times columnist Charles Blow says his son, Tahj, was leaving the Yale campus library this weekend when police officers held him at gunpoint because he "fit the description" of a burglary suspect.
Blow tweeted about the alleged incident Saturday, writing, "So, my son, a 3rd year chem major at Yale was just accosted - at GUN POINT - by a Yale policeman bc he "fit the description" of a suspect...He was let go when they realized he was a college student and not a criminal ( he was leaving the library!) He's shaken, but I'm fuming!"
According to a university spokesperson, Yale police responded to emergency calls Saturday from undergraduates in Trumbull College. "Several students reported that an individual had just entered their rooms under false pretenses, pretending to be looking for someone."
The spokesperson states in an email that students at the College had been victims of a burglary that week and "a person matching the physical description of the individual, as well as the story of "looking for someone" has been seen several times in the college."
On Saturday night, students called police and described the suspect as a tall, African-American, college-aged student wearing a black jacket and a red and white hat, the spokesperson states.
"This was the description that Yale police used as they converged on Trumbull and attempted to track down the suspect. During the efforts to locate and detain the suspect, a Yale College student, who closely matched the description of the suspect, was briefly detained and released by Yale police."
The real suspect was reportedly later captured in a nearby building and has been charged with multiple felonies.
Recent events reinforce what many have been saying for years: have a convo w your children abt what to do when interacting with authorities.
— Charles M. Blow (@CharlesMBlow) January 25, 2015
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