Details are still forthcoming in an incident on Monday morning, where an African American UC Davis student was reportedly the victim of a hate crime that occurred near the student’s home on campus, according to a message from UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi along with Executive Vice Chancellor Ralph Hexter and Adela de la Torre, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Campus Diversity.
The Chancellor stated, “We are fortunate that the student was able to call UC Davis police, who responded immediately and successfully arrested three male suspects, two of whom were charged with assault and committing a hate crime.”
She noted that the perpetrators are from the Sacramento area and are not UC Davis students.
UC Davis Police Matt Carmichael did not have additional details other than to state that the suspects were booked into Yolo County Jail where they await arraignment.
Those arrested include 24-year-old Lonny Doyal of West Sacramento, 22-year-old Justin Sheppard of Sacramento and Jake Lee, 22, of West Sacramento.
All three were charged with a Penal Code section 647(f), which is a drunk in public misdemeanor. Mr. Sheppard was charged with an assault while Mr. Lee faces assault and battery. Mr. Sheppard and Mr. Lee both face hate crime charges under Penal Code section 422.6 (a).
The Chancellor, along with Vice Chancellors Hexter and de la Torre, issued a statement on Monday evening: “We cannot stress enough that those who commit hate crimes in our community will be held accountable for their actions. Acts of bigotry and discrimination have no place in a civilized society and they have no place on our campus. A hateful incident directed at any one of us is an unacceptable affront to all of us.”
They added, “No one should ever be made to feel unsafe or not valued on our campus, and we must all continue to do everything we can as a community to prevent such actions.”
“We hope this unacceptable incident will serve to further advance dialogue about how the UC Davis community can continue to build a culture and climate based on mutual respect, support and caring,” the statement continued.
“We encourage students who want to discuss this incident or any related matter to reach out to Kayton Carter at the UC Davis Center for African Diaspora Student Success. We also hope you will participate in our upcoming Principles of Community Week Feb. 29-March 4. Any students who feel emotionally distressed by any act of discrimination or bigotry, please contact personnel at the UC Davis Student Health and Counseling Services,” the statement concluded.
—David M. Greenwald reporting