Charles M. Blow, author of the book "Fire Shut Up in My Bones." (Beowulf Sheehan/Courtesy of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow, author of “Fire Shut Up in My Bones.” (Beowulf Sheehan/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Update: Charles Blow wrote about the incident in his New York Times column Monday morning.

New York Times columnist Charles Blow, a leading voice on race issues in America, says he’s “fuming” after his son was allegedly stopped at gunpoint by Yale University police, who reportedly mistook him for a burglar.

Tahj Blow, an African American biology major in his junior year at Yale University, was reportedly leaving the library on Saturday when he was detained by a campus police officer. He told his father that as he was leaving the library, he saw an officer “jogging” toward another building. His account was published in his father’s column on Monday morning in the New York Times.

“I did not pay him any mind, and continued to walk back towards my room. I looked behind me, and noticed that the police officer was following me. He spoke into his shoulder-mounted radio and said, ‘I got him.’

“I faced forward again, presuming that the officer was not talking to me. I then heard him say, ‘Hey, turn around!’ — which I did.

“The officer raised his gun at me, and told me to get on the ground.

“At this point, I stopped looking directly at the officer, and looked down towards the pavement. I dropped to my knees first, with my hands raised, then laid down on my stomach.

“The officer asked me what my name was. I gave him my name.

“The officer asked me what school I went to. I told him Yale University.

“At this point, the officer told me to get up.”

Tahj Blow told his father the cop provided his name and asked him to call the next day.

“I got up slowly, and continued to walk back to my room,” he said, according to the column. “I was scared. My legs were shaking slightly. After a few more paces, the officer said, ‘Hey, my man. Can you step off to the side?’ I did.”

He told his father the officer asked for his ID, then peppered him with more questions. He heard another officer over the radio say something like, “Keep him there until we get this sorted out.” After a while, he was finally let go.

Upon hearing the news, Charles Blow, author of the memoir “Fire Shut Up in My Bones,” took to Twitter, saying his son was “accosted — at gunpoint.”

He later corrected himself on Twitter, explaining that his son is a biology major, not a chemistry major. His son was let go. “He’s shaken, but I’m fuming,” he wrote.

Earlier on Saturday, campus police responded to calls from several undergraduate students who said someone had just “entered their rooms under false pretenses, pretending to be looking for someone,” a Yale University spokesman told the New Haven Register via e-mail. The spokesman said a person “who closely matched the description of the suspect, was briefly detained and released by Yale police.” Tahj Blow was never mentioned by name.

Several students were victims of a burglary earlier in the week. The perpetrator was described as a tall, African-American, college-age student wearing a black jacket and a red-and-white hat. It’s still unclear how closely Tahj Blow matched that description. After the incident, a man was arrested and due to be charged with felony burglaries, according to the newspaper.

The Yale Police Department is now conducting an internal review.

In his column, Charles Blow said he has no issue with his son’s being questioned, but the method in which it was done concerns him.

“Why was a gun drawn first?,” he wrote. “Why was he not immediately told why he was being detained? Why not ask for ID first?

“What if my son had panicked under the stress, having never had a gun pointed at him before, and made what the officer considered a ‘suspicious’ movement? Had I come close to losing him?”

His comment were getting mild pushback, however. “Just playing devil’s advocate,” one Twitter user wrote to him, “should cops check and confirm ID before taking precautions with a possible suspect?”

Amid controversy over incidents during which white police officers fatally injured black men and boys, Charles Blow has written many columns on the subject: “Michael Brown and Black Men,” “Tamir Rice and the Value of Life” and “Privilege of ‘Arrest Without Incident,” to name a few. When he learned his son was stopped by authorities over the weekend, he emphasized the importance of being proactive.

“Recent events reinforce what many have been saying for years: Have a conversation with your children about what to do when interacting with authorities,” he wrote on Twitter.

He was referring to “the talk” widely discussed in recent years, especially since the killing of Trayvon Martin. In March 2012, the New York Times published a column on the conversation that many African-American parents have with their sons about “what it means to be a black teenager in a country with a history of regarding young black men as a threat.”

“The talk about standing up straight, dressing the part, keeping your hands in sight at all times and never, ever letting your anger get the best of you,” the column read.

Similar pieces were published in USA Today, TIME and NPR, among others.

Charles Blow wrote that he’s glad he had the talk with his son but still “brewing with sadness and anger” that his son was put in a situation where he had to remember it.

On Saturday night, Charles Blow tweeted the hashtags #ICantBreathe and #BlackLivesMatter, and wrote that he has “no patience for people trying to convince me that the fear these young black men feel isn’t real.”

Neither Charles Blow nor his son could be immediately reached for comment.

However, by late Saturday night, Charles Blow said he still wasn’t over it.

“In these moments,” Charles Blow wrote, “what you’ve done matters less than how you look.”