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University of Maryland, Baltimore County police investigating hate crimes, school says

Police at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County are investigating two reports of hate crimes against Muslim and Black students, according to the university.

UMBC posted a bulletin on its community news website Friday that police had received reports this week of “an attack on a Muslim student, the use of anti-Black slurs in an online meeting, a targeted verbal attack on a Black student in that meeting, and comments referencing LGBTQ populations.”

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A crime log updated by university police shows that an assault described as a “hate bias crime” occurred Tuesday around 6:52 p.m. in the Commons building on campus. Police wrote that a written “hate bias incident” took place on Thursday around 1 p.m.

“With the acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse in Kenosha, Wisconsin, we are once again reminded that injustice persists in our society,” officials wrote in the post, which was signed by president Freeman Hrabowski. “We still have so much work to do.”

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University police officials were not available for comment Friday, and details on the incidents were not immediately available.

The Maryland Council on American-Islamic Relations in a Thursday press release wrote that they had been in communication with university officials after a female Muslim student reported to staff members that a student tore off her hijab.

“Our thoughts are with this student, and we pray for her safety and well-being as we call for justice,” said Zainab Chaudry, Maryland director of CAIR.

“We strongly condemn this alleged attack and applaud administrators for taking swift action to investigate and alert students on campus,” she said.

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