Missing persons case prompts investigation into possible police racism

According to this article, a brain-damaged Asian refugee (identified in this article as former Chinese dissident Yu Dongyue) wandered away from a relative’s Indiana home and was reported missing. Meanwhile, the police picked him up for public intoxication. He couldn’t tell them his name so they listed him as “Jackie Chan” on the intake papers.

Apparently some people think that is Seriously Not Funny. They even suggest that perhaps not calling him the usual “John Doe” hindered the search for him. That is, if his family checked the jail for an unidentified man (and it’s not clear that they did), they wouldn’t have been able to find him because he would be listed under a name but not his own name. (Dongyue was released without charge eighteen hours after his arrest and someone found him eight miles from the jail, recognized him from the missing persons fliers and took him home. He’d been missing about a day and a half.) So now there is a review at the police department and the chief is making a public apology and someone is going to get seriously yelled at and possibly fired.

Tasteless? Definitely. Insensitive? Definitely. I don’t know if the cop who did this was racist, but he certainly should have known better.

2 thoughts on “Missing persons case prompts investigation into possible police racism

  1. emma l July 31, 2009 / 9:32 am

    I’m with Seriously Not Funny. Casual racist at worst – ie still offensive and pretty unacceptable but by no means KKK crazy types.
    By in large I think the police do a blo*dy hard and thanklesss task. But they are also human and make mistakes.

  2. Cheryl August 1, 2009 / 12:26 pm

    Unbelievable. I certainly hope the officers who did this will be reprimanded. I doubt he was a racist though, probably just thought he was being cute. Makes MY blood boil though.

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