Local prosecutors will continue to pursue hate-crime charges in the fatal stabbing of a black Army lieutenant at the University of Maryland at the state level, after the FBI decided not to pursue charges at the federal level.
Lawyers representing the former University of Maryland student charged with fatally stabbing a black student on the College Park campus last year have asked the court to dismiss a hate-crime charge, saying it violates the First Amendment.
Jordan McNair and his family deserve justice and accountability from University of Maryland leadership. So do Lt. Richard Collins III and his family. So do all UMD students, staff and alumni. Yet President Wallace Loh and his administrators have consistently provided neither.
UMD president: These are fraught times on our campus, across the nation andround a the world. It is on all of us to stand up and fight racism, extremism and hate. They are cancers in our body politic. United by this recent tragedy, we can be a force for good. Together, we can be stronger and smarter than those who would divide us and subvert the values that undergird our university and our democracy.
In a Bowie State University commencement ceremony punctuated by shouts and cheers from excited graduates and their families, none was louder than the rousing standing ovation for the family of 2nd Lt. Richard W. Collins III, who accepted a posthumous degree on his behalf on Tuesday.