Many questions remain about a swastika scrawled in feces in a bathroom at a residence hall on the University of Missouri last month. But a police report obtained by The Daily Caller on Wednesday does show that a university police officer did observe the scrawling.
The so-called poop swastika has been the subject of intense speculation in recent days. University police and other school officials and staffers have declined to provide any information on who observed the scrawling, whether police saw it and whether it was photographed.
The swastika, which was found in a bathroom at Gateway Hall on Oct. 24, fed outrage that led to the resignation of university president Tim Wolfe on Monday.
Activists with the group Concerned Students 1950 claimed that Wolfe had not done enough to respond to several recent incidents of alleged racial bias against black students. Student body president Payton Head, who is black, wrote on Facebook in September that a group of white men had yelled racial epithets at him from the back of a pickup truck off campus.
Anger built over the next several weeks, and Concerned Students 1950 began pushing for change. The situation reached a tipping point after the swastika incident. The next week, graduate student Jonathan Butler went on a hunger strike calling for a laundry list of changes, including Wolfe’s resignation. Wolfe finally quit after dozens of Mizzou football players threatened to boycott future games.
Given the poop swastika’s significance to the campus protests, many began to wonder this week about who scrawled it, or whether it was ever scrawled at all. The Federalist’s Sean Davis laid out in great detail how nobody at the school had even claimed they saw the symbol and that no photographs existed of it.
The police department had also declined The Daily Caller’s repeated requests for more information. But TheDC was able to obtain an incident report through a Freedom of Information Act request filed with the school’s custodian of records.
It shows that a university police officer responded to a call at 2:12 a.m. from members of the residential services staff. The staffers’ names and identifying information is redacted. A third person who name is redacted is listed as a victim on the report.
The officer reported that he entered a co-ed bathroom on the third floor of the residential hall and observed a small swastika drawn with feces.
A majority of the police narrative is redacted, thus shielding any information that may help determine who drew the swastika and why they did so.