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Prosecutor Seeks Criminal Charges Against Six White UMass Students

March 26, 1987

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) _ A prosecutor said today he is seeking criminal complaints against six white students for their alleged part in an attack on a black student during a post- World Series clash at the University of Massachusetts.

Hampshire District Attorney W. Michael Ryan said in a prepared statement that the complaints against five of the students allege assault and battery on Yancey Robinson and all six students were accused of the common-law crime of riot.

″Racism was beyond doubt a factor in the criminal conduct of the crowd, but there is insufficient evidence against any particular individual to charge violations of the state civil rights statute, which requires proof of individual motivation and intent,″ the statement said.

″Our investigation found that abuse of alcohol on the campus is blatant, widespread and too much tolerated, and that the Oct. 27 incident was predictable and preventable,″ the statement said.

The statement did not name the students, but said that they were all white males and that two were football players. ″We can’t release the names until we get the complaints,″ said Assistant District Attorney William Larkin, chief prosecutor on the case.

The statement said Robinson was assaulted while walking through a crowd of about 2,000 people who had gathered on campus Oct. 27 after the Boston Red Sox loss to the New York Mets in the final game of the series.

Robinson laser treated for cuts and bruises at the campus infirmary, Larkin said.

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