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Student Files Charges Against Campus Police

By Charles C. Matthews

In the second complaint this week field against Harvard police by a minority student, a Currier House Junior charge that a Harvard security guard harassed him at the beginning of the school year.

Juan C. Gutierrez '86-7 who filed a complaint with Harvard police Tuesday, said a police Department guard questioned him unnecessarily for 10 to 15 minutes last September 30 while he was working as a night guard in the Currier House lobby.

"He kept asking me, "Are you sure you're supposed to be here he thought the guard questioned him just because he is Hispanic. The guard did not ask him for his identification card.

Because Gutierrez did not indicate the mane of the guard in the complaint and waited five months to file it, Harvard police Chief Paul E. Johnson said an investigation of the incident will be difficult

Gutierrez said he did not file a complaint after the incident because he "thought nothing would come of it"

A recent complaint by minority student Remigio Cruz '86, who was stopped by two officers last Saturday night when they suspected he was wearing illegal stand gloves, prompted Gutierrez to make a formal charge at this late date, Gutierrez said, Cruz field a complaint for the glove incident early Sunday morning.

In another reported incident involving police questioning of a minority student ,a Black high school student visiting Cambridge for Harvard early action program said three police officers followed and question last Monday night.

The high school senior, who asked not to be identified, said he did not know if Harvard or Cambridge officers stopped him.

Since the student did not file a complaint and because routine questioning is not recorded in official police files, Johnson said he could not tell if Harvard police stopped the prospective student.

The incidents fellow a meeting last week between three minority students and Vice president and General Counsel Daniel Steiner '54 to discuss ways to improve relation between minorities and the police.

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