UW-Whitewater police seek public's help on reported hate crime

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Gazette staff
Monday, October 16, 2017

WHITEWATER—UW-Whitewater police say they have exhausted all leads connected to an Oct. 6 suspected hate crime and are asking those with information to contact them, according to a news release.

On Oct. 7, UW-W police received a report of a battery that had occurred about 8 p.m. Oct. 6 between Andersen Library and Hyer Hall, according to a police department Facebook post.

Two women were the offenders, the post states. University officials could provide no further description.

Police suspect the battery could fit the definition of a hate crime based on perceived gender identity, a university spokesman said in an email to The Gazette.

A hate crime is defined as “any crime that manifests evidence that a victim was selected because of his/her actual or perceived race, gender, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, national origin or disability,” according to the post.

People with information about the incident are asked to call UW-W police at 262-472-4660 or email police@uww.edu. People who report can remain anonymous, the release states.

People also can file concerns or incident reports online.

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