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Cal Poly racial profiling incident forwarded to CA Attorney General’s Office

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SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - An accusation of racial profiling launched against a Cal Poly university police officer will be investigated by the California Attorney General's Office.

The investigation was sparked after the university's faculty union made allegations of a racial profiling incident involving a faculty member and a university police officer.

In a letter sent out by the California Faculty Association, which represents Cal Poly faculty members, the union alleged that a member of the faculty was pulled over by a university police officer, handcuffed and had their vehicle searched. The incident allegedly happened in the fall quarter.

A spokesman for the university said the matter was forwarded to the state deputy attorney general. The university's Office of Equal Opportunity will continue to look into the accusation, but the spokesman says the California Faculty Association has "not provided any information or clarifying detail that would allow the university to investigate a specific incident."

In November, the faculty's union asked any faculty members who have experienced any issues involving discrimination in the past to come forward and make a report to the union chapter.

We reached out to the California Attorney General's Office for a comment regarding a possible investigation. They told our newsroom they could not comment about - or even confirm - the existence of a potential or ongoing investigation in order to protect the integrity of any investigation.

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Travis Schlepp

Travis Schlepp is the Digital Content Director for KEYT | KCOY | KKFX.