Man urinates on 'Black Lives Matter' chalking in U-M's Diag

ANN ARBOR, MICH. - University of Michigan police are looking for a man who appears to urinate on a "Black Lives Matter" chalk drawing on the university's iconic Diag.

A video posted to Twitter shows a man in jeans, white shoes and a white shirt urinating on the Diag where activists have written "Black Lives Matter" in chalk as part of daily protests. Those protests included a student kneeling for 20 hours straight on the Diag.

Anyone with information about the incident or the subject in the video is asked to contact campus police at 734-763-1131.

The incident isn't the only one under investigation at a Washtenaw County university.

Police at Eastern Michigan University are investigating to try to figure out who scratched racial epithets into the men's bathroom at the student center.

"I strongly condemn these actions and want to reiterate that they run counter to the values and practices we so deeply embrace in our Eastern Michigan University community," Eastern Michigan University President James Smith said in a campus message Wednesday night. "Last year, it became absolutely clear how such hateful statements offend, intimidate and anger so many members of our EMU community, and we as a campus shared that pain as we confronted those acts.

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"The hateful message in the stall has been quickly painted over by Physical Plant staff, and we are actively investigating the timeline of when it might have been written and reviewing other relevant details of the incident. I also want to stress that the investigation of last year's racist vandalism incidents actively continues and will do so until a resolution. Our Department of Public Safety has invested hundreds of hours in that effort, and it remains a top priority.

"These are turbulent and disturbing times nationally, and such incidents are likely to continue. But I believe we can fight back, by finding unity and comfort in the shared purpose and diversity of our campus community. These are powerful strengths of Eastern Michigan, which we collectively try to demonstrate on a daily basis. One person or group writing on a wall cannot erase the sense of shared purpose and pride in our diverse community of more than 24,000 students, faculty and staff."

Contact David Jesse: 313-222-8851 or djesse@freepress.com. Follow him on Twitter: @reporterdavidj

 

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