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UC San Diego Police Complete
Investigation of Noose Incident,
Send Case to City Attorney

March 2, 2010

By Rex Graham

UC San Diego Police have completed their investigation of a female student’s role in hanging a noose in the seventh floor of the Main Library last week, an action that set off a series of campus anti-hate protests on Feb. 26.

The investigation was filed with the San Diego City Attorney about 2 p.m. March 2 as a possible hate crime.

The student admitted to police that she had placed a noose on the seventh floor of the library. She was suspended from the university on Feb. 26 for her actions.  UC San Diego police consulted with the San Diego City Attorney during its investigation of the incident as well as with the San Diego County District Attorney and the Federal Bureau of Investigation regarding possible criminal charges.

“We promised our campus community that those responsible for recent racial incidents would be punished to the full extent of all applicable laws, and we are following through on that promise,” said UC San Diego Chancellor Marye Anne Fox. “We stand in firm solidarity with our students and will not allow this incident, or any incident, to deter the progress we are making to change and heal our university community.”

UC San Diego Police Chief Orville King added, “Detectives worked around the clock to complete the investigation as soon as possible. We want the campus community to continue to report any possible hate-related acts.”

Anyone with information about this incident or others, please call the UC San Diego Police Department at (858) 534-4357.

To assist in keeping the campus and community informed, visit the UC San Diego “Battle Hate” website at http://battlehate.ucsd.edu for details and updates of actions underway.

Media Contact: Rex Graham, 858-534-5952 or ragraham@ucsd.edu

                        Judy Piercey, 858-534-6128, jpiercey@ucsd.edu;

                        Christine Clark, 858-534-7618, ceclark@ucsd.edu 



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