Hate Crime Charges For San Jose State Students

Barry Leibowitz / CBS News

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Three white San Jose State University students have been charged with a misdemeanor hate crime and with battery for allegedly abusing a freshman roommate who is black.

According to CBS SF Bay Area, the accused used derogatory language towards the victim, flew a confederate flag in their dorm, and fastened a bicycle lock around his neck.

Prosecutors filed the charges late Wednesday against Logan Beaschler and Colin Warren, both 18, and 19-year-old Joseph Bomgardner. They each face up to a year in jail if convicted.

Prosecutors said the abuse began in August when an 18-year-old African American student was named “Three-Fifths” by his white roommates as a reference to way the U.S. government, during its early history, counted blacks.

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