Case closed but no culprit in vandalism of Harvard portraits


BOSTON >> Harvard University police have closed their investigation into the vandalism of portraits of some black law professors without finding a culprit.

A campus email from Harvard Law School's dean for administration said police conducted numerous interviews and performed a forensic examination, but could not identify who placed diagonal slashes of black tape on the glass of several photo portraits in a law school building, or why they did it.

The email added that it remains a "deeply troubling incident."

Only portraits of black professors were targeted in the vandalism, which was reported on Nov. 19 at Wasserstein Hall and heightened racial tensions at the Ivy League university.

The email said Harvard plans to install security cameras in the building in response to the vandalism.


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