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POSTED January 7, 2014 7:55 p.m.

 

STUDENT PLEADS NOT GUILTY IN SAN JOSE STATE HATE CRIME: SAN JOSE  (AP) — One of four suspended white students accused of hate crimes against a black student at a California college has pleaded not guilty.

Logan Beaschler entered his plea to misdemeanor hate crime and misdemeanor battery charges during his arraignment in Santa Clara County Superior Court on Monday. The 18-year-old is one of four freshmen at San Jose State University charged with racially tormenting their black roommate between August and October.

Authorities say the white students taunted the black student with racial slurs, barricaded him in his room and placed a U-shaped bicycle lock around his neck.

The other students have not yet entered pleas. Beaschler is due back in court on March 4.

The alleged incident sparked outrage and demonstrations on campus and led the university to set up a task force that will conduct an independent review.

 

OFFICIALS: ANDY LOPEZ MARCHES HAVE COST $225,000: SANTA ROSA  (AP) — Sonoma County has paid about $225,000 in overtime for law enforcement officers monitoring protests over the killing of 13-year-old Andy Lopez by a sheriff's deputy.

The Santa Rosa Press Democrat reported Monday that the majority of the expense — about $207,000 through Dec. 31 — was borne by the Sheriff's Office. Sheriff's deputies in riot gear were deployed during protests that drew up to 1,500 people.

Santa Rosa police officers racked up about $18,000 in overtime through Dec. 10.

Lopez was fatally shot Oct. 22 while holding a toy rifle police say Deputy Erick Gelhaus mistook for an AK-47 assault rifle.

The shooting prompted community outrage and several demonstrations.

The teen's family has since filed a federal lawsuit alleging civil rights violations.

 

 

 

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