U of U police investigate Black Cultural Center bomb threat
On Tuesday morning, a threat was called to a crisis center in Hollywood, California. The call allegedly claimed that a bomb had been planted in the cultural centre.
University police responded to the threat at 4:25 a.m. They cleared and searched the black cultural center, finding no evidence of a bomb and no one inside.
Police determined there was no immediate threat to the campus and surrounding area and opted not to use the campus emergency alert system.
Several hours after the building was secured, University Police released a statement about the development.
Declaration of @UofUPolice:
University of Utah Police are investigating reports of a bomb threat at our Black Cultural Center this morning (01/11/22) deliberately, but also with urgency, to determine the person(s) accountable and hold them accountable.
— University of Utah (@UUtah) January 11, 2022
The police are actively looking for the individual or individuals who made the call.
The University of Utah said in a statement:
The University of Utah is not a haven for these kinds of hateful and biased thoughts and attacks, and university leaders have pledged to conduct a thorough review with concrete actions to be implemented during the semester. of spring.
The threat against the Black Cultural Center came only a week after eight historically black colleges and universities were similarly threatened. The university noted the potential model in its statement.
Muslim advocacy and rights organization reacts
On Wednesday, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) condemned the bomb threat against the U of U Black Cultural Center.
Communications coordinator Ismail Allison referenced CAIR’s call to action for the University last month. After reports of racist action on campus, Allison called on the University of the University to begin offering an anti-racism program.
The investigation into the origin of Tuesday’s bomb threat is ongoing. The University of Utah is working with the FBI.