University police open investigation into alleged Quran flushing incident
By: Sara Gonzales
University of Texas at Dallas police are investigating an incident where two Korans were found in a toilet. University of Texas at Dallas campus police are investigating an incident that happened last month when two Qurans were found in a toilet in the men's bathroom.
Ed Note: Why are the Dallas police investigating the flushing of a Quaran. Is that illegal. Is it a crime. Muslims do a lot more than destroy Bibles. So why law enforcement?
Two students noticed the Muslim holy books in the toilet and apparently alerted the authorities, according to the Texas Tribune.
UT-Dallas Police Chief Larry Zacharias told the Tribune that police are reviewing security video footage from the area to narrow down the list of suspects. He believes the department has uncovered the 30 minute timeframe in which the incident occurred.
"It's not something we want to blast out on campus because we don't want people to go, 'Oh, you're a suspect in the Quran thing,'" Zacharias said.
"We originally suspected these Qurans may have come out of the Reflection Room, which is on the first floor of the Student Union," he told KTVT. "We've watched video in this timeframe and only two people went into that Reflection Room - both went in empty-handed and both came out empty-handed."
Zacharias also said he believes that it was a one-time incident, and that there aren't usually any issues relating to the diverse student body.
"There's not much divisiveness on this campus at all," he said.
In the past, he has even gone so far as to ask Muslim women on campus if they felt safe, especially during the 2016 presidential elections when rhetoric about Muslims got heated at times. He said they always told him they felt safe, and that the students also believe it was a "one-time, stupid incident."
"We constantly ask all of our students, from all backgrounds, do they feel safe on campus? And [the answer] is always yes," Zacharias said.
Since no one has claimed the Qurans as their stolen property, no complaint has been filed. Without a complaint being filed, it is unclear what crime may have been committed, or why the police are investigating the incident in the absence of any complaints, or whether a similar investigation would be opened if two Bibles were found in a toilet.
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