University police label statement uttered through open window a ‘hate crime’Submitted by kevink on Sat, 07/26/2014 - 11:23
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Police in Fayetteville are on the lookout for a man who allegedly said something racist in the middle of the night through an open window on the University of Arkansas campus.
Authorities contend an unknown man who allegedly made a racist comment around 3 a.m. Sunday outside of the U of A’s Garland House committed a hate crime, and they’re on the hunt to bring him to justice, KHOG-TV reports.
The Garland House, which is known as the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity house during the school year, is currently housing a group of 25 young professionals visiting from Africa on a six-week exchange program.
Gwamaka Kifukwe, a fellow with the Young African Leaders Initiative, told the television station “we’re happy with the way it’s being handled and do not wish to draw additional attention to it.
“That’s the sentiment shared by the Fellows,” he said.
But University of Arkansas Police Department Capt. Gary Crain believes the incident “is considered a hate crime,” and he’s determined to get to track down the culprit.
“It was dark outside,” Crain told KHOG-TV. “They didn’t get a good look at the individual.”
Regardless, university police are “conducting interviews, contacting individuals that might possibly have any information,” he said.
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