Harvard Officer on Leave Denies Profiling

NEEDHAM, Mass.

 A Harvard University police officer involved in an incident that sparked a review of possible racial profiling by campus police says she has done nothing wrong.

In an interview at her lawyer’s office with Boston newspapers, Officer Theresa McAuliffe says she is being used as a scapegoat by the university.

McAuliffe admits drawing her gun when she and her partner approached a young black man last month as he was trying to cut the lock off his bike because the key had broken. She says she never pointed it at him, and she never heard her partner berate him with profanity, as the youth who had a summer job at the university claimed.

Harvard declined comment citing the ongoing investigation. McAuliffe and her partner are on paid leave and face possible termination.

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