Black UCLA Employee Claims Racial Profiling in Arrest by Campus Police

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A UCLA employee alleges he was racially profiled and his civil rights violated by campus police. (Credit: Carl Douglas)

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A 46-year-old African American UCLA facilities employee arrested for obstruction and resisting arrest by campus police last week is accusing the department of racial profiling and violating his civil rights.

Claudius E. Gaines III was arrested after being stopped on Strathmore Drive shortly before midnight last Wednesday as he drove home from his shift at the university.

His attorney, Carl Douglas, said officers had no reason to stop the truck. When Gaines questioned why he was being stopped, Douglas said, the officers called for backup and he was threatened with being pepper-sprayed.

Gaines, a probationary employee with the facilities department at UCLA, is concerned that the incident could result in his losing his job, Douglas said.

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