For release on November 21, 2013       CONTACT:   Erin West   Deputy District Attorney   Hate Crimes Prosecutor   (408) 792-2976       SJSU STUDENTS CHARGED WITH HATE CRIME       Three San Jose State University students have been charged with a misdemeanor hate crime and battery. They are accused of racially bullying their African-American roommate and clamping a bicycle lock around his neck.
      The defendants allegedly taunted the fellow student with a racial epithet and a nickname based on a slavery reference, and hung a Confederate flag on the shared suite’s wall.       Charged are Logan Beaschler, 18, of Bakersfield, Joseph Bomgardner, 19, of Clovis, and Colin Warren, 18, of Woodacre. They are not yet scheduled for arraignment. If convicted, they face a maximum of a year in county jail.       Said prosecutor Erin West: "We are all victimized when a criminal act targets someone because of their actual or perceived race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, sexual orientation, gender or disability."       The harassment against the then-17-year-old student began in August and lasted through October, inside the on-campus, four-bedroom suite. The roommates tried at one time to lock a bike lock around his neck but the victim fought back, sustaining a minor injury. The defendants are believed to have nicknamed the victim “Three-Fifths” - apparently referring to a Colonial governmental formula that counted slaves as “three-fifths of all other persons.” When the roommate objected, he said the defendants allegedly resorted to calling him “Fraction.” The roommates also decorated the suite with Nazi symbols, photographs of Adolf Hitler and wrote a racial epithet on a white board.       San Jose State University police investigated.     ###

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