University finds evidence of hate crime
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- An independent investigation has found that four San Jose State University students charged with hate crimes and battery locked a bikelock around their black roommate's neck, wrote racial slurs on a shared whiteboard and hung a Confederate flag in their suite.
The investigation released by the school Monday describes a series of cruel torments by the four suspended white students, including barricading the victim in his room, hiding his shoes and trying to trap him in a closet.
The case has sparked outrage and demonstrations on campus. A task force on racial discrimination charged with developing recommendations is scheduled to begin reviewing the report at an open meeting Thursday.