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Response to Riley County Police Department announcement on alleged hate crime

We thank the Riley County Police Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation for their prompt investigation of an alleged hate crime

The possibility of hate crimes in our communities affects the very fabric of our daily lives. We want to acknowledge the anger and pain felt by many in our community when racist pictures and words were posted on social media. We encourage anyone who feels affected to take advantage of the many university resources available through student life, human capital services and counseling services. Our first response always will be to look out for the members of our K-State family. 

This situation reminds us again that the responsible path is to gather the facts before we respond publicly. This becomes even more important in an age where inaccurate social media claims are routinely accepted as truthful. We appreciate that the results of this investigation have exposed the facts and allow us to move forward.

As President Richard Myers recently pledged, our efforts to ensure the safety of our campuses will continue. Those who seek to divide us will find that the strength of our family and values will bring us together more than ever before.
 

University statements/letters

Statement and information from Kansas State University (Nov. 4, 2017)

Read the letter from President Richard Myers. (Nov. 2, 2017)

Updates from Riley County Police Department

Nov. 6, 2017 
No charges in racist graffiti case

The Riley County Police Department provided an update on Nov. 6, 2017. Read the media release from the Riley County Police Department.


Nov. 2, 2017 
Federal Bureau of Investigation and Riley County Police Department investigate racist graffiti near Manhattan campus 

According to a Nov. 2, 2017, update from the Riley County Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation is now the lead agency on the case. The Riley County Police Department will continue to assist the FBI in the investigation. Any media inquiries should be directed to the FBI’s Public Affairs Office at 816-512-8200.


Nov. 1, 2017
Riley County Police Department investigate racist graffiti near Manhattan campus

The Riley County Police Department is investigating a report of a vehicle defaced with racist graffiti near the Manhattan campus on Wednesday, Nov. 1. 

Anyone with information about this crime should contact the Riley County Police Department at 785-537-2112 or Crime Stoppers at 785-539-7777. Using the Crime Stoppers service allows you to remain anonymous and could qualify you for a cash reward of up to $1,000.

Safety of the Kansas State University community is of utmost concern. Faculty and staff members are encouraged to share this information with students and community members to help the Riley County Police Department with its investigation.  

The Office of Student Life can offer support to concerned students and family members regarding this incident and can be reached at 785-532-6432 or stulife@k-state.edu. Read the Student Guide to Help and Resources or the Office of Student Life campus safety website for safety resources.

Safety technology

Safety resources