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Clayton Police have "Emotionally Powerful" Conversation with WashU Students

July 20, 2018 - 8:30 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Clayton Police said they had an "emotionally powerful" meeting Thursday with incoming Washington University students who were accused of leaving a restaurant without paying.

The 10 black students were stopped by Clayton Police July 7th as they walked from the Clayton Road IHOP toward Metrolink. Police said they were accused of dining and dashing, even though some showed receipts to the contrary. They, along with six squad cars, went back to IHOP where the restaurant said "that's not them."

The city, in a statement, said police mishandled the interaction and lacked sensitivity about "their everyday reality because of how racial bias affects their lives." Going forward, the city says implicit bias and racial sensitivity training programs will be expanded.