Fingerprints from Miami analyzed

Friday, December 4, 1998

The Cincinnati Enquirer

OXFORD -- Identifiable fingerprints have been found on evidence taken from Miami University's Center for Black Culture and Learning, university officials said Thursday.

The evidence, from an Oct. 30 racial incident at Miami's black cultural center, was analyzed recently by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification.

"We have begun the routine step of collecting fingerprints from those who have access to the center and who were in the center that evening," said Richard Little, a Miami spokesman.

"This is normal police procedure," Mr. Little said.

"It does not mean we have identified particular suspects." He said the FBI has declined to enter the investigation because the case does not involve violence or threats of violence.

About 8 p.m. Oct. 30, a staff member entered the center and found several photocopied fliers containing racist and anti-homosexual messages in text and graphic form.

The building was locked and there was no sign of forced entry, officials said.

Miami police are treating the incident as criminal mischief, a misdemeanor, because it doesn't qualify as vandalism.

That requires at least $500 in damage, and no damage was done in this case, according to university spokeswoman Holly Wissing.

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