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Former AG Loretta Lynch issues report on Syracuse University's campus police after student protests

February 23, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Students walk the campus on Syracuse University, Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019, in New York. Syracuse University students describe fear and anxiety as reports of racist graffiti and vandalism add up on campus. (AP Photo/Carolyn Thompson)

Former US Attorney General Loretta Lynch released her final report Monday into Syracuse University's Department of Public Safety, capping a nearly yearlong inquiry into the department.

(CNN)Former US Attorney General Loretta Lynch released her final report Monday into Syracuse University's Department of Public Safety, capping a nearly yearlong inquiry into the department.

University Chancellor Kent Syverud announced Lynch's independent review of campus public safety in February 2020, in the wake of student protests over the university's handling of racist incidents on campus.

During a sit-in at Crouse-Hinds Hall that month, students told CNN that public safety officials had initially refused to allow community members to give food to students protesting.

Among Lynch's "key conclusions" in the nearly 100-page report is that campus public safety should streamline how it shares information to the campus community, better adhere to its standard operating procedures for bias-related incidents, and strengthen its "community policing ethos. "

"DPS leadership should encourage responses from officers that are more empathetic when they are responding to all calls -- even more so in the context of bias-related incidents or other instances where students feel threatened or unsafe," Lynch continued in the report.

Regarding the Crouse-Hinds Hall sit-in, Lynch wrote that her investigators "cannot conclude that the students were deprived of food by the administration or by DPS," because the administration provided food for protesters within 26 hours and allowed community members to offer food within 48 hours.

At times, actions taken by the University, including by DPS, exacerbated that fear," Syverud wrote to the campus community Monday.

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