4th student suspended in college hate crime case

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SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — A fourth student has been suspended in connection with an incident at San Jose State University involving alleged hate crimes against a Black student.

University President Mohammed Qayoumi announced the suspension Friday evening but did not name the suspended student.

“I applaud the campus for its ongoing efforts to begin the healing process that is necessary,” SJSU Chancellor Timothy White said in a statement Friday. “President Qayoumi has already reached out to African-American leaders in the Bay Area for their counsel and assistance.

Criminal arrest warrants have been issued for three White students — Logan Beaschler and Collin Warren, both 18, and 19-year-old Joseph Bomgardner — who face misdemeanor hate crime and battery charges after being accused of harassing their Black roommate after they moved into a four-bedroom dormitory suite in August.

According to a police report, they outfitted their dormitory suite with a Confederate flag, barricaded the victim in his room, and placed a U-shaped bicycle lock around his neck and claimed they lost the key.

The victim hasn’t been named at his parents’ request.

The San Jose Mercury News reported that one of the suspects, Beaschler, turned himself in Thursday and that the others were expected to surrender this week.

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