Ole Miss Continues Investigation Into Alleged Hate CrimeBy Sandra Knispel | Published 13 Nov 2012 10:48pm |
The University of Mississippi is continuing its investigation into vandalism that appears to be directed at a black freshman on campus. MPB’s Sandra Knispel has more from Oxford.
In late August, Jamal Woods, a black Ole Miss freshman, filed a complained about a racial slur on the door of his residence hall room. Two days later he was moved, at his own request, into another hall of residence on campus. On November 5th University Police discovered that all four tires of his car had been slashed and the car keyed. University Police Chief Calvin Sellers says he’s not sure the scratches are supposed to read KKK.
“I see scratching on the hood of the car. I see some other words. I see the ‘Go home’ and I can see the n-word on there. But I just can’t see the KKK.. now that’s just me. I’m looking at scratching.”
At one point campus police called the FBI for help but Sellers says they are currently not participating in the probe, after having reviewed the campus police case files and determined that at this point there was no evidence of federal violations.
“For it to be a hate crime there has to be some sort of a threat. There’s no threat.”
But there’s nothing straight forward about this story and things may not be what they seem. Several sources with close knowledge of the investigation told MPB that some things don’t seem to add up and are not willing to rule out a personal vendetta that has nothing to do with race.
Again Chief Sellers: “If you rule out anything in an investigation you’re gonna miss something. You know you can’t rule out somebody is not guilty because they don’t look guilty. And we certainly couldn’t rule that out.”
Meanwhile the police investigation on campus continues.
Sandra Knispel, MPB News, Oxford.
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