SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Civil rights activists are calling on prosecutors to file felony hate-crime charges against four white students accused of harassing a black student at San Jose State University.

NAACP leaders are urging Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen to bring felony charges against the white students, who currently face misdemeanor hate-crime and battery charges.

“This is not simple hazing or bullying. This is obviously racially based terrorism targeted at their African American roommate,” Reverend Jethroe Moore II, president of the San Jose/Silicon Valley NAACP said in a statement Saturday. “The community will not stand idly by and allow for any student of color to be terrorized simply due to the color of his skin.”

According to a police report, the white students taunted their freshman dorm-mate with racial slurs, outfitted their dormitory suite with a Confederate flag, barricaded the victim in his room and placed a U-shaped bicycle lock around his neck.

In a statement Saturday, Rosen says he believes his office has filed the “appropriate charges in this case, based upon the evidence,” according to the San Jose Mercury News.

“We have deep respect for the NAACP,” Rosen added. “We share its abhorrence for hate crimes and share its desire for justice.”

University officials have suspended the four white students, condemned their actions and promised a full investigation of the case, which prompted a campus protest last week.

The students charged are Logan Beaschler and Collin Warren, both 18; Joseph Bomgardner, 19; and an unidentified juvenile.

Since the accusations emerged Wednesday, efforts by the Mercury News and Associated Press to contact the students have been unsuccessful, and it’s unclear if they have lawyers. They haven’t released any public statements. The Santa Clara County district attorney’s office and county jail administration office were closed Sunday.

Assembly Speaker John Perez, D-Los Angeles, said in a statement that he and California State University Chancellor Timothy White will closely monitor the situation “so that every student knows that these unconscionable acts will not be tolerated anywhere, anytime.”

NAACP officials are planning a campus news conference Monday to condemn the racially charged actions and call on the university to conduct a thorough investigation into how the university housing department handled the situation.

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9 thoughts on “San Jose State Students Allegedly Torture Black Roommate; NAACP Seeks Felony Charges

  1. Claude Hughes on said:

    in the court of “you think it was funny” the sentence would be: they, their parents, their grandparents, aunts , uncles get to wear the wooden stock of the puritans & get tarred & feathered once a month for a year because they “carefully taught” their offspring how to hate.

  2. Peeps, we knew from the 70’s that integration doesn’t work. Yes they wanted us on their basketball team, but little else. We need to support and build up HBCU’s, it’s the only way.

  3. Insomemaze on said:

    This negative behavior is not acceptable. We need a New Agenda! We need to check out The Blackman(State of Emergency) on youtube. It’s a guide to stop this Madness!

  4. When will Black people wake up? We will never be friends or find peace with this enemy, no amount of marching, humming or praying will change our hard reality in this country. We must unite and do for self like The Honorable Elijah Muhammad said and Minister Farrakhan is doing now with the Economic Blueprint.

  5. I find it so sad that after all these years all of the marching tears and heart ache that the people of color still have to fight for the justice others are freely given

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