Black students at the University of Southern California claim that the Los Angeles Police Department exhibited racial bias when responding to noise complaints about end-of-the-semester parties held just off campus. There were two parties on the same block with mostly racially segregated party goers. Black students believed that they were treated differently than students at the predominantly White party.
Six students were arrested in the incident. One senior told the Los Angeles Times, “They were acting like they were going to war with us.”
A protest was held on the USC campus on the Monday morning following the clash with police. Most of the protesting students were African Americans. One told the Times, “They definitely harassed the wrong students. We are scholars and high-achieving students. We didn’t do anything wrong.”