Protesters Accused of Racist Fliers
OXFORD, Ohio (AP) _ Two black students were arrested after their fingerprints were found on inflammatory racist fliers posted last fall at Miami University, school officials said.
The fliers, found at the university’s Center for Black Culture and Learning on Oct. 30, attacked blacks and homosexuals and prompted two days of student protests that resulted in seven arrests.
University officials on Thursday accused Nathaniel Snow, 22, and Brad Allen, 21, of posting the fliers. Both were charged with criminal mischief and criminal trespass and could face up to 90 days in jail and $750 in fines if convicted.
Snow and Allen withdrew from the university Thursday and surrendered at police headquarters, where they were booked and released.
The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation matched fingerprints found on the fliers with those from Snow and Allen, the university said.
``They have not provided any explanation, nor have they admitted to being in there or hanging up any fliers,″ said Cathryn House, the university’s chief of campus police.
``I think a lot of people in the community are going to feel betrayed and upset,″ said Miami President James Garland.
He added that ``most of the students who participated in the demonstrations did so because they had legitimate concerns. And we need to remember that those concerns need to be taken seriously.″
Snow was president of the Black Student Action Association, which led a protest prompted by the fliers and racist messages found on computer screens at the black cultural center. Snow later met with Garland and demanded that the university do more to fight racism.
Allen was among a group of seven students arrested for disorderly conduct after blocking traffic in protest of the fliers.