Denver students told to 'not call the police' if they see a racist, violent attack

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A high school in Denver is under fire from law enforcement associations for showing a video to students instructing them not to call police if they see a racist or homophobic violent attack, for fear of escalation.

“Don’t be a Bystander: 6 Tips for Responding to Racist Attacks,” the video played for students at Denver South High School, gives suggestions of what to do if one witnesses such an attack, reported Fox News.

The video, posted by the Barnard Center for Research on Women in 2017, states that “in our current political moment, white supremacists and white nationalists have been emboldened, and as a result, public attacks are on the rise.”

The video continues on to give tips to the viewer if they witness a violent hate crime. One pointer was to talk to the victim, and document the incident, but another tip, though, was to “not call the police,” because it supposedly “escalates, rather than reduces” violence.

“Because people have been trained to see people of color, gender-nonconforming folks, and Muslims as criminals, they often treat victims as perpetrators of violence. So, if the victim hasn’t asked you to call the police, do not – I repeat, do not – call the police,” the narrator of the video says.

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