A decision not to file hate crime charges against three suspects in the beating of a Chinese PhD student is stirring controversy at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Legal scholar Jonathan Turley of the George Washington University said on his blog that the decision prompted protests on campus.
The College Fix reports Cashius E. Carter, 18, Abdoulah Traore-Flores, 17, and Alijah C. Johnson, 19, all pleaded not guilty to multiple misdemeanor battery charges.
The attack in June prompted hundreds of Madison students to rally to call for justice and to demand better security.
In a separate incident, another Chinese international student says he sustained multiple injuries after being pelted with bananas by a random group of students. It’s suspected the students who attacked the PhD student also attacked this student.
“They just continued laughing and said something I couldn’t understand,” Yichen Wang, an undergraduate, said to the Cap Times. “I felt extremely painful at that moment.”
The same suspects are also accused in two other cases involving a White student and a Hispanic student.
Campus police say they have no evidence the attacks are racially motivated.
“Madison Police shared with university officials that another incident of battery occurred downtown on June 12 that involved a White male with no connection to campus and a Hispanic male undergraduate student who went to the hospital for his injuries. The same suspects are believed to be connected to this attack. Madison Police also reported a fourth case involving the suspects, though the victim in that case is not known to be affiliated with UW–Madison,” the university stated June 21.
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