At approximately 10:30 a.m. on May 12, a hate crime occurred at a UC Davis research facility on Newton Court. According to the Campus Crime Alert Bulletin, the facility’s workers reported that an unknown subject had written racially-charged remarks in black felt tip pen on the windows of two of the building’s rooms.
According to Matt Carmichael, UC Davis Police Chief, there are no current leads.
“Somebody gets a backpack stolen. It’s property, but anytime there’s an event related to hate, that’s personal,” Carmichael said. “That’s emotional. You can hurt us by taking our stuff. But when you hurt someone emotionally like that it really hurts all of our campus.”
This incident is the fourth hate crime to occur this academic year. It follows three other hate incidents that occurred in November 2013, in which individuals reported that racial slurs were yelled at them from vehicles passing by.
“These are cowardly acts that occurred when no one is around,” Carmichael said.
Carmichael urges anyone that has any information on the most recent hate crime to contact the UC Davis Police Department at (530) 754-2677.
— Jason Pham