Santa Clara Univ professor in viral tweets said campus police made her prove she lived in her own house after she opened to the door to officer who claimed her brother was ‘acting suspicious’ while he sat inside working
36-year-old Danielle Fuentes Morgan said she opened her front door to an SCU police officer on Saturday but was still asked to show identification to prove it was her home
In a series of tweets the Ivy League educated assistant professor, Danielle Morgan, recounted how her brother was questioned
Classically trained composer and pianist Carlos Fuentes, 32, was approached as he sat at an outdoor working meeting, on campus
He was then told to ‘move along’, he complied, but the officers still trailed him to the residence where he was visiting his sister and her family
When the officers who arrived in four squad cars ‘aggressively demanded’ that the home owner prove she was who her brother claimed, her husband who is white, intervened and accused the officers of being anti-black
He told them his wife did not have to show an ID, especially as they were not canvassing the neighborhood demanding that white residents show IDs
College President Kevin F. O’Brien said he was ‘deeply sorry’ for the incident
A black college professor in California said campus police on Saturday made her prove she ‘lived in her own house’.
Ivy League educated Danielle Fuentes Morgan, 36, who is an assistant professor in African American satire and comedy at Santa Clara University, said she opened the door to the officers but was still asked to show identification to prove it was her home.
In a series of tweets which have since gone viral Morgan recounted how her brother, composer and pianist Carlos Fuentes, had been questioned by security while he sat working on the campus.
Danielle Morgan and her 32-year-old brother Carlos Fuentes, a classically trained musician who has performed at Carnegie Hall, on Saturday were racially profiled, questioned and harassed by campus security who wanted proof Danielle lived in her home.
She said: ‘One officer followed him to my house. I opened the door and my brother said, “I’m so sorry about this. They’re demanding you come out and vouch for me.” I, of course, knew exactly who “they” were.’
According to Morgan, Carlos Fuentes had come to visit his sister and her children after safely quarantining for two weeks, following a period of eight months of not seeing each other.
In a series of tweets which have since gone viral the assistant professor in African American satire and comedy recounted how her brother was fell into a net of suspicion while visiting her along with her children and husband at their on-campus residence.
In one post Morgan said ‘campus security came up to my brother in the midst of his meeting and told him to move along’, adding: ‘He’s been Black his whole life so he said OK. They followed him.’
Fuentes Morgan said she opened the door to the officers on Saturday but was still asked to show identification to prove it was her home.
Her brother, 32-year-old composer and pianist Carlos Fuentes, was approached as he sat working
Morgan explains: ‘He moved toward the street which he thought was no longer on campus. They told him to leave. By this point there were four campus security cars.’
She says Carlos was then followed to her home where ‘the officer very aggressively demanded to see my campus ID “to prove you are who he says you are and that you actually live here”.’
The home owner says that she then went to get her husband, who told the cops she was ‘not obligated to show’ her ID. Her husband is white.
She added: ‘I asked why I needed to show ID at my own home. He said “Well, it’s not your home. The University owns it”.
‘I told them that I was one of 7 Black faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences and that our student body population is 2% Black. I told them that the anti-Blackness they espouse and practice is part of the reason why.
‘I also told them that white students have been running around — maskless — banging on the houses on this street at midnight and smoking weed from apples on campus and this is apparently “just what happens.” But my brother is a threat.
‘Our neighbor came out at this point to walk his dog. My husband asked if they wanted to check our neighbor’s ID and they said “No, of course not.” He said, “That’s exactly the point.”
‘My husband asked why they brought four cars. They said for safety. He asked for whose safety. They said “the officers’s safety.” He told them that he didn’t care about their safety and was concerned for his brother-in-law’s safety.
‘At this point, they told us they didn’t have any guns on them, so my brother wasn’t in danger. I was aghast that they explained he wasn’t in danger because they weren’t armed, not because he wasn’t a threat or because they wouldn’t hurt him, but because they COULDN’T.’
The officer said her brother had been ‘in the bushes’ and it was ‘suspicious’ and they thought he may have been homeless, Morgan tweeted.
President Kevin F. O’Brien said he was ‘deeply sorry’ and ‘racial bias or profiling has no place on our campus’ in a letter to Santa Clara’s students and staff.
Fuentes Morgan thanks neighbors and friends who gathered to witness the incident and to whose presence she attributes the de-escalation of the charged altercation with campus police on Saturday