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Congresswoman Karen Bass

Representing the 37th District of California

Statement on Recent Student Arrests Following An Off Campus Party At USC

May 9, 2013
Press Release

Washington, D.C.—Today, Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-Calif.) released the following statement on the recent arrests of students following an off-campus party at the University of Southern California. 

“I’m deeply troubled by the very serious allegations made by several African American students with regards to their treatment by LAPD police officers during this off campus party.  Since the incident happened, my office has been in contact with students, USC and LAPD officials to gather as many of the facts as possible and urging continued cooperation in addressing the allegations made by African American students who felt they were profiled.  I commend USC for their responsiveness in making sure students have had a venue to make their voices heard, as was evidenced by the recent town hall where over 1,000 students and alumni turned out.  I’m also encouraged the LAPD has launched an internal investigation and commend them for their willingness in participating in a constructive dialogue to address the concerns of students.  I will continue to monitor this situation and look forward to the findings from the LAPD investigation for any light they may shed on how we can best manage these situations going forward to ensure the safety of our students.”