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UW-Whitewater student reports hate crime

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Kevin Hoffman
September 30, 2010
— Police are investigating a reported hate crime near UW-Whitewater after a student said she was punched in the face for wearing a “Legalize Gay” T-shirt.

The student reported that two men approached her around 10 p.m. Sunday on Tratt Street. They called her a “faggot,” and one of them punched her in the face before fleeing, she said.


University Chancellor Richard Telfer issued a statement to staff and students Tuesday notifying them of the incident. He said the campus is extending all its resources to the victim and any student impacted by hate crimes.


“UW-Whitewater is a place that values all people,” he said. “This incident violates our campus mission and values.”


Whitewater Police Chief Jim Coan said there were no witnesses.


The victim described her attacker as a white male, 19 to 21 years old and between 5-foot-7 and 5-foot-9. He had a strip of facial hair down the center of his chin and short hair described as a buzz cut.


He was wearing a Green Bay Packers hooded sweatshirt and purple UW-Whitewater sweatpants with lettering down one leg, Coan said.


Wisconsin state statutes have tougher penalties for crimes against certain people or property. A misdemeanor assault of this type carries a maximum fine of $10,000 and up to one year in jail if it’s determined to be a hate crime.


Anyone with information can contact Crime Stoppers at (262) 723-2677. The police department is offering a reward for information leading to a conviction.



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