Justice for Student Injured in Alleged Hate Crime

Target: Bruce Harreld, President of Iowa University

 Goal: Take stronger action against racially motivated attacks on campus.

An alleged racially motivated attack left a student in the hospital. The black University of Iowa student reported that three white men shouted racial slurs and attacked him. Demand justice for this student and protection for all.

Marcus Owens reported the incident to campus police upon his discharge from the hospital. Instead of taking his report, the university police redirected him to local law enforcement. The university did not issue a campus-wide crime alert until two days later. This troubled the students, who state that this is not the first racially motivated attack on campus that was mishandled by the university.

Local police and university police are now working together to identify the offenders. Sign below and demand a stronger offense against racially motivated attacks on campus.


Dear President Harreld,

A reported racially motivated attack left a University of Iowa student in the hospital. The student reported it to university police two days later, but a crime alert was not issued for another two days. We demand that you take a stronger stance against hate crimes on campus in order to protect all students.

Marcus Owens had his front teeth knocked out, a damaged eye socket, and required a dozen stitches to his lip. He reported that three white men shouted racial slurs just before jumping him.

Hate crimes are serious and need to be addressed immediately. Your inattention to this matter could delay the capture of the offenders and put other students at risk. We demand that you make a stronger defense against hate crimes on campus.


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