- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 11, 2016

A black professor at Princeton University is claiming she was racially discriminated against when she was arrested Saturday over a 3-year-old parking ticket.

Imani Perry, a professor of African American Studies at the Ivy League school, recounted the incident on Sunday in a series of Twitter posts that have since been deleted.

Ms. Perry had two outstanding warrants and was driving on a suspended license when she was arrested during a traffic stop Saturday, police said. She alleged that she was patted down by a male officer and handcuffed to a desk while she was being processed, Planet Princetonreported.

“There was a male and a female officer, but the male officer did the body search before cuffing me and putting me in the squad car,” Ms. Perry tweeted, according to screenshots obtained by Business Insider. “I was handcuffed to a table at the station.”

“At any rate, I was afraid. Many women who look like me have a much more frightening end to such arrests,” she wrote. “But the larger point is that I’m working to move from being shaken to renewing my commitment to the struggle against racism & carcerality.”

Princeton Police Chief Nick Sutter held a public meeting Monday, saying officers followed the proper protocol, Planet Princeton reported.

“Regardless of it being 100% proper in the eyes of the law, there is a perception because of race,” he said. “This is a problem for me. It is a problem that is real, and needs to be addressed.”

Princeton President Christopher L. Eisgruber said he shared the police chief’s concerns.

“My colleagues and I in the University administration were in touch with Professor Perry as soon as we learned of the incident and we contacted town officials about our concerns over the weekend,” Mr. Eisgruber wrote in a letter published by The Daily Princetonian. “The town officials responded rapidly and initiated an investigation that they have assured us will be thorough and fair. We welcome an investigation not only of the treatment of Professor Perry, but of the underlying policies, practices, and protocols that were applied.

“We share with the town a commitment to fair treatment of all members of our community and of making the entire Princeton community as welcoming, respectful, and inclusive as possible” Mr. Eisgruber wrote. “We will continue to look for opportunities to advance those goals on our own campus and beyond it.”

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