Woman arrested on hate-crime charge

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Frank Schultz
Monday, July 15, 2013

JANESVILLE--A Janesville woman accused of hanging a black doll in a noose outside her residence was arrested Thursday on a charge of disorderly conduct as a hate crime, Janesville police reported Monday night.

Deborah S. Boudreau, 54, of 12 S. Academy St., No. 2, was arrested at 7:06 p.m. Thursday after a neighbor reported the doll, which was in plain view on the front porch, according to a news release.

“The doll was hung in effigy with a noose around the neck with its arms pinned up vertically, in an area easily viewed by the public,” the news release states.

Janesville Police Sgt. Mark Ratzlaff said the Academy Street address is an apartment building where public drinking and loud behavior led to police intervention about two years ago. Those behaviors appear to have returned and led to a dispute between Boudreau, who is white, and a neighbor who is black, said the police department's Sgt. Mark Ratzlaff.

Boudreau also is accused of making a derogatory racial remark about the neighbor calling police, Ratzlaff said.

Arrests with the hate crime enhancer are rare in Janesville. A high school student was arrested on a charge of disorderly conduct as a hate crime in 2010 after verbally harassing a black student and suggesting the black student be hanged, Gazette records indicate.

The next most recent incident in Gazette records was in 2006, when two Janesville people and a Rock Springs man were accused of using a racial slur against black people during a disturbance.

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