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USC Students Claim Racial Profiling After Party Bust

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(FOX 11) Los Angeles Police are maintaining today that the party that brought out some 80 police over the weekend was a party out of control.

Lt. Andy Neiman tells me, yes, there have been claims of excessive force and racial bias and those are being investigated. But the party did not break up when officers asked for it to be.

Subsequently, six people were arrested, four were arrested for failure to disperse, one for felony interference, one for misdemeanor interference. The party host, Nate Howard, got a citation for disturbing the peace. All were released on their own recognizance.

Nate Howard will be graduating in two weeks. He's 21 and a communications student. When he put out the word about the party on Facebook he said it was an end of school event and said "let's make it memorable."

All was going fine until a neighbor called police on the party and one across the street for making too much noise. The one across the street was largely white USC students. Howard's was largely black students. The party with white students were, according to Howard and others, told to stay inside and calm down the noise. Because the party with black students didn't get the same treatment there was a sense of racial bias.

At noon today, students gathered to protest what they called an ongoing problem with racial profiling. Meanwhile, Lt. Neiman told me the LAPD and USC officials will meet to talk about a forum Tuesday night with LAPD, University Police and others to discuss "racial profiling."

Hal Eisner

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