UC Davis Hate Crimes Hidden

I noticed that over the years, the UC Davis police has dropped the word “Hate” from the titles of crime alerts where hate is clearly a factor. You need to download the PDF find the details.

This includes the recent assault of someone while sexual orientation slurs were being yelled. (I’m not referring to Mikey Partida here. This is another incident. http://police.ucdavis.edu/crime/CrimeAlertsFolder/C13-0553%20Battery_Hate.pdf/view

This also includes outright threats that included racial slurs right in the Mondavi Center/Mrak Hall area. http://police.ucdavis.edu/crime/CrimeAlertsFolder/C13-0553%20Battery_Hate.pdf/view

Students shouldn’t have to go digging to find this stuff. At my previous institution, the administration and security was much more proactive about disseminating information about crime. It’s as if UC Davis is more interested in its image that keeping students safe.

I’m also disheartened that these incidents are so shrug-worthy to the campus population that the student newspaper, The Aggie, doesn’t even mention them.

Check them out yourself ( http://police.ucdavis.edu/crime-alerts/ ) to read some of the reported incidents of hate-related vandalism, threats, battery, and assault. This list is clearly not comprehensive of all the events on campus though. For example it is missing the swastikas and vandalism to the LGBT and women’s centers that have occurred over the past several years. It also doesn’t account for the many sexual assault/rape incidents the university is federally forced to report (albeit rather late) thanks to the Clery Act (e.g. http://police.ucdavis.edu/crime/CurrentCleryStatistics2010.pdf/view) Of course, the Clery Act documents seem to be under-listing the amount of hate incidents compared to what’s on the Davis Wiki!

Some of the incidents you need to go to yet another page for like the note from the “KKK” telling people to go away ( http://police.ucdavis.edu/crime/hate-or-bias-incidents-1/crime/hate-or-bias-incidents-1/incident-report-c12-0102 ).

Then’s there’s the daily crime log which UC Davis uploads as a PDF with page settings so it won’t open in browser. They’re really making this more obnoxious than it needs to be. These logs have almost no detail though — hate is never mentioned in any of the summaries.

  1. KNR said:

    Hello fellow Davisite! Thanks for investing so much of your time digging around for information on the recent crimes, I know how hard it can be to find information. I do work at The Aggie and try to write about campus/community violence, and it’s ridiculously difficult to get people to care.

    • jucdgs said:

      Hi! I know TheAggie doesn’t get much feedback in terms of comments but as the campus newspaper I think it does have some agenda-setting power in the community. Plus, when you get an article published (e.g. your great work in “Queers Speak Out”: http://www.theaggie.org/2013/04/11/queers-speak-out/ ), you’re creating a lasting record in a reputable source that people can point to and say “Look, we’re clearly not there yet.”

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