White College Students Who Put Bike Lock Around Black Student’s Neck Found Guilty of Battery, but Not Hate Crime

Donald Williams Jr
Donald Williams Jr

Three white students at California’s San Jose State University skated by with only misdemeanor battery charges after putting a bike lock around a black student’s neck, attempting to lock him in a closet and referring to him as “three-fifths” of a person, among other harassments that a jury ultimately concluded were not hate crimes.

On Monday, Joseph “Brett” Bomgardner, 21, was convicted of misdemeanor battery along with his accomplices, Logan Beaschler and Colin Warren, both 20, Mercury News reported. A jury of six men and six women were deadlocked on hate crime charges.

The crimes took place in 2013 when the three assailants forced Donald Williams Jr., a 17-year-old freshman at the time, to wear a U-shaped bike lock around his neck. In another incident, prosecutors said, the three men tried locking Williams in a closet, according to NBC Bay Area.

The bullying only came to light after Williams’ parents visited him and noticed a Confederate flag hanging up in his shared dorm suite, along with racist phrases including “three-fifths” written on a white board there, according to the Associated Press.

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SOURCE: Sebastian Murdock
The Huffington Post